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  207. Faith Connections
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  288. Non-stop
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  290. Out of the Furnace
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  296. A Winter’s Tale/ A New York Winter’s Tale
  297. Wolf Creek 2
  298. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlinale 2014
  299. SIGNIS Statement: Kreuzweg (Stations of the Cross)
  300. SIGNIS Statement: Calvary
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  304. Blue is the Warmest Colour/ La Vie d’Adele - Chapitres 1 et 2
  305. 12 Years a Slave
  306. 47 Ronin
  307. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
  308. Are We Officially Dating?/ That Awkward Moment
  309. Drinking Buddies
  310. Free Birds
  311. La Grande Bellezza/ The Great Beauty
  312. Her
  313. Inside Llewyn Davis
  314. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
  315. Lone Survivor
  316. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
  317. Saving Mr Banks
  318. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  319. Short Term 12
  320. The Wind Rises/ Kaze Tachinu
  321. The Wolf of Wall Street
  322. 20 Feet from Stardom
  323. Apres Mai/ After May
  324. American Hustle
  325. August: Osage County
  326. Blackfish
  327. Backyard Ashes
  328. The Book Thief
  329. Carrie
  330. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
  331. Delivery Man
  332. Fill the Void
  333. Filth
  334. Frozen
  335. The Gilded Cage/ La Cage Doree
  336. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  337. Homefront
  338. How I Live Now
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  343. Si Parla Italiano: Lygon Street
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  350. Captain Phillips
  351. Closed Circuit
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  354. Enough Said
  355. Escape Plan
  356. The Fifth Estate
  357. Fruitvale Station
  358. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  359. Insidious Chapter 2
  360. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
  361. Kill Your Darlings
  362. Machete Kills
  363. Magic Magic
  364. Mary Meets Mohammad
  365. Mr Pip
  366. SIGNIS Statement: "Philomena"
  367. SIGNIS Film Reviews: November/December 2013
  368. Mystery Road
  369. Patrick
  370. The Spectacular Now
  371. Thor: the Dark World
  372. Walesa - Man of Hope
  373. 2 Guns
  374. About Time
  375. The Act of Killing
  376. The Butler
  377. Diana
  378. The East
  379. Fallout
  380. The Family
  381. Gravity
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  383. The Human Cargo/ La Nave Dolce
  384. I Am a Girl
  385. In Bob We Trust
  386. I’m So Excited
  387. The Interval/ L’Intervallo
  388. Lasseter’s Bones
  389. Paranoia
  390. Parker
  391. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
  392. Planes
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  395. Renoir
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  412. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
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  421. V/H/S/2
  422. We’re the Millers
  423. What Maisie Knew
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  425. The World’s End
  426. You’re Next
  427. SIGNIS Film Reviews: July/August 2013
  428. 100 Bloody Acres
  429. After Earth
  430. The Audience
  431. Behind the Candelabra
  432. Beyond the Hills
  433. The Blind Detective
  434. The Bling Ring
  435. Cloudburst
  436. The Conjuring
  437. Despicable Me 2
  438. Epic
  439. Errors of the Human Body
  440. Everybody Has a Plan/ Todos Tenemos un Plan
  441. Furious 6/ The Fast and the Furious 6
  442. A Gun in Each Hand
  443. Happiness Never Comes Alone/Le bonheur n’arrive jamais a seul
  444. The Heat
  445. The Internship
  446. In the House/ Dans La Maison
  447. Lady in Paris/ Une Estonienne a Paris
  448. The Lone Ranger
  449. Man of Steel
  450. Metro
  451. Monsters University
  452. Now You See Me
  453. One Mile Above/ Kora
  454. Only God Forgives
  455. Pacific Rim
  456. Le Prenom/ What’s in a Name
  457. Reality
  458. Satellite Boy
  459. This is the End
  460. The Way, Way Back
  461. The Wolverine
  462. Still Mine
  463. To the Wonder
  464. World War Z
  465. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet
  466. The Big Wedding
  467. Broken
  468. The Call
  469. Camille Redouble/ Camille Rewinds
  470. Dead Man Down
  471. Evil Dead
  472. The Great Gatsby
  473. The Hangover Part III
  474. Jagten/ The Hunt
  475. Mud
  476. The Reluctant Fundamentalist
  477. Scary Movie 5
  478. Snitch
  479. Spring Breakers
  480. Star Trek Into Darkness
  481. Adventures in Zambezia
  482. Antiviral
  483. Chasing Ice
  484. Cheerful Weather for the Wedding
  485. The Company You Keep
  486. Drift
  487. Vic and Flo Meet a Bear
  488. Side Effects
  489. Promised Land
  490. Prince Avalanche
  491. Parde (Closed Curtain)
  492. Paradies
  493. Nobody’s Daughter Haewon
  494. Night Train to Lisbon
  495. The Necessary Death of Charley Countryman
  496. La religieuse (The Nun)
  497. Maladies
  498. Lovelace
  499. The Look of Love
  500. A Long and Happy Life
  501. In the Name of...
  502. Harmony Lessons
  503. The Grandmaster
  504. Gloria
  505. Gold
  506. Frances Ha
  507. An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker
  508. Elle s’en va (On Her Way)
  509. Dark Blood
  510. The Croods
  511. Camille Claudel 1915
  512. Before Midnight
  513. Escape from Planet Earth
  514. First Position
  515. Haute Cuisine/ Les Saveurs de Palais
  516. Identity Thief
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  520. Olympus Has Fallen
  521. The Other Son/ Le Fils de L’Autre
  522. The Place Beyond the Pines
  523. Rust and Bone
  524. Le Skylab
  525. Sleepwalk with Me
  526. Song for Marion
  527. Therese Desqueyroux
  528. Trance
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  530. 21 and Over
  531. Blinder
  532. Broken City
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  534. Goddess
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  536. Hansel and Gretel: Witchhunters
  537. Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
  538. The Host
  539. Hyde Park on Hudson
  540. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
  541. In the Fog
  542. Jack the Giant Slayer
  543. Mama
  544. The Paperboy
  545. Performance/ A Late Quartet
  546. Return to Nim’s Island
  547. Underground: the Julian Assange Story
  548. SIGNIS Film Reviews: February 2013
  549. Zero Dark Thirty
  550. Anna Karenina
  551. Compliance
  552. Django Unchained
  553. Flight
  554. Gangster Squad
  555. The Impossible
  556. The Guilt Trip
  557. Last Dance
  558. Life of Pi
  559. Lincoln
  560. Parental Guidance
  561. Rise of the Guardians
  562. Save Your Legs
  563. The Silver Linings Playbook
  564. Wreck-it Ralph
  565. This is 40
  566. 2 Days in New York
  567. 360
  568. Alex Cross
  569. All the Way Through Evening
  570. American Mary
  571. The Angel’s Share
  572. Argo
  573. Bachelorette
  574. Back to 1942
  575. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  576. Breaking Dawn, Part 2
  577. Dangerous Liaisons
  578. Dead Europe
  579. The Do-Deca Pentathlon
  580. Dredd
  581. End of Watch
  582. Fun Size
  583. God Bless America
  584. Hail
  585. Here Comes the Boom
  586. Hitchcock
  587. The Hobbit, an unexpected journey
  588. Jack Reacher
  589. The Intouchables/ Les Intouchables/ Untouchables
  590. I Wish
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  592. Lawless
  593. Les Miserables
  594. Liberal Arts
  595. Lockout
  596. Love is All You Need
  597. Lore
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  600. Mental
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  602. A Monster in Paris
  603. Paris - Manhattan
  604. The Odd Life of Timothy Green
  605. People Like US
  606. Pitch Perfect
  607. Paranormal Activity 4
  608. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  609. SIGNIS Film Reviews: December 2012
  610. Quartet
  611. The Raven
  612. Robot & Frank
  613. Ruby Sparks
  614. The Sessions
  615. Seven Psychopaths
  616. Sinister
  617. Skyfall
  618. Savages
  619. Sound of My Voice
  620. Taken 2
  621. To Rome with Love
  622. Trouble with the Curve
  623. Tu seras mon fils/ You Will Be My Son
  624. The Words
  625. Wuthering Heights
  626. Wunderkinder
  627. "Aristides de Sousa Mendes": The Angel of Bordeaux
  628. On the Road
  629. Looper
  630. Damsels in Distress
  631. Holy Motors
  632. Arbitrage
  633. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2012
  634. Lore
  635. Chinese Take-away/ Un cuento chino
  636. Bait
  637. Hotel Transylvania
  638. The Watch
  639. Resident Evil: Retribution
  640. Barrymore
  641. Being Venice
  642. The Bourne Legacy
  643. Bully
  644. The Expendables 2
  645. Hope Springs
  646. Kath and Kimderella
  647. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
  648. Monsieur Lazhar
  649. Moonrise Kingdom
  650. Total Recall
  651. Your Sister’s Sister
  652. SIGNIS Film Reviews: July/August 2012
  653. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June 2012
  654. SIGNIS Film Reviews: May 2012
  655. Beauty/ Skoonheid
  656. The Sapphires
  657. Hysteria
  658. And if we all lived together/ Et si on vivait tous ensemble
  659. The Door
  660. Not Suitable for Children
  661. In Darkness
  662. Magic Mike
  663. The Dark Knight Rises
  664. The King is Dead!
  665. You Instead
  666. The Amazing Spiderman
  667. Where do we go now?
  668. The Three Stooges
  669. I Am Eleven
  670. Polisse
  671. Ted
  672. Ice Age: Continental Drift
  673. Snow White and the Huntsman
  674. Take This Waltz
  675. That’s My Boy
  676. Rock of Ages
  677. Comme un chef/ The Chef
  678. Brave
  679. Marley
  680. The Cabin in the Woods
  681. The Innkeepers
  682. Margaret
  683. What to Expect When You’re Expecting
  684. Elena
  685. Prometheus
  686. Anton Chekhov’s The Duel
  687. Friends with Kids
  688. Get the Gringo
  689. Game Change
  690. Declaration of War/ La guerre est declaree
  691. Men in Black 3
  692. Empire of Silver
  693. Silent Souls/ Ovsyenki
  694. The Dictator
  695. Swerve
  696. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  697. Careless Love
  698. Dark Shadows
  699. La Delicatesse/ Delicacy
  700. Iron Sky
  701. Trishna
  702. W./E
  703. 21 Jump Street
  704. Act of Valor
  705. Amour de Jeunesse/ Goodbye, First Love
  706. The Avengers
  707. Battleship
  708. Cafe de Flore
  709. The Deep Blue Sea
  710. Dr Seuss’ The Lorax
  711. The Footnote
  712. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
  713. Hotel Lux
  714. The Hunger Games
  715. Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy
  716. Kongen av Bastoy? King of Devil’s Island
  717. Kid with a Bike/ Le Gamin au Velo
  718. The Lady
  719. Le Havre
  720. The Lucky One
  721. Mirror, Mirror
  722. Les Neiges de Kilimandjaro/ The Snows of Kilimanjaro
  723. Pirates: Band of Misfits!
  724. The Raid
  725. Rebellion/ L’Ordre et La Morale
  726. The Rum Diary
  727. Romantics Anonymous/ Les Emotifs Anonymes
  728. Safe
  729. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  730. The Sorcerer and the White Snake
  731. La Source des femmes/ The Source
  732. Spud
  733. This Must be the Place
  734. Tomboy
  735. The Woman in Black
  736. Wish You Were Here
  737. La Femme de Vieme/ The Woman in the Fifth
  738. The Five-Year Engagement
  739. La Fille du Puisatier/ The Well Digger’s Daughter
  740. The Wrath of the Titans
  741. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March 2012
  742. Any Questions for Ben?
  743. 50/50
  744. The Artist
  745. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  746. Buck
  747. Carnage
  748. Chronicle
  749. Contraband
  750. A Dangerous Method
  751. The Devil Inside
  752. Gone
  753. Headhunters/ Hodejegerne
  754. Project X
  755. John Carter
  756. One for the Money
  757. Safe House
  758. This Means War
  759. Tyrannosaur
  760. 1911
  761. 30 Minutes or Less
  762. Apollo 18
  763. A Better Life
  764. Everything Must Go
  765. A Few Best Men
  766. Flypaper
  767. The Grey
  768. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
  769. J. Edgar
  770. Killer Elite
  771. Like Crazy
  772. Man on a Ledge
  773. My Week with Marilyn
  774. Retreat
  775. Shame
  776. Trespass
  777. The Vow
  778. A Moi Seule/ Coming Home
  779. Aujourd’hui/ Today
  780. Barbara
  781. Bel Ami
  782. Captive
  783. Cesare deve morire/ Caesar Must Die
  784. Cherry
  785. Dictado/ Dictation/ Childish Games
  786. Dollhouse
  787. Don 2: Don Must Die
  788. L’Enfant d’ en haut/ Sister
  789. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  790. Flowers of War
  791. Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
  792. Gnade/ Mercy
  793. Haywire
  794. In the Land of Blood and Honey
  795. Jayne Mansfield’s Car
  796. Keep the Lights on
  797. Just the Wind/ Csalk a Szel
  798. La Mer a L’Aube/ Calm at Sea
  799. Meteora
  800. My Brother the Devil
  801. Postcards from the Zoo
  802. Rebelle/ War Witch
  803. A Royal Affair
  804. Shadow Dancer
  805. Tabu
  806. La Vierge, Les Coptes et Moi...
  807. Was Bleibt/ Home for the Weekend
  808. White Deer Plain
  809. Wilaya
  810. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2012 Special Edition
  811. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2012
  812. Too Big to Fail
  813. The Descendants
  814. Arietty
  815. Autoluminiscent
  816. Hugo
  817. The Muppets
  818. Young Adult
  819. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  820. The Adventures of Tintin
  821. Waste Land
  822. Happy Feet Two
  823. We Bought a Zoo
  824. Dolphin Tale
  825. Albert Nobbs
  826. Courageous
  827. New Year’s Eve
  828. Restless
  829. The Tall Man
  830. The Skin I Live In
  831. Tower Heist
  832. We Need to Talk About Kevin
  833. Another Earth
  834. The Iron Lady
  835. Jack and Jill
  836. Melancholia
  837. Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol
  838. The Orator/ O Le Tulafale
  839. The Yellow Sea/ Hwanghae
  840. Yes Madam, Sir
  841. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October/November 2011
  842. Breaking Dawn Part I
  843. Attack the Block
  844. The Debt
  845. Habemus Papam (We Have a Pope)
  846. The Ides of March
  847. Immortals
  848. I Don’t Know How She Does It
  849. The Inbetweeners
  850. Moneyball
  851. Puss in Boots
  852. Toomelah
  853. Machine Gun Preacher
  854. Ages of Love (Manuele d’ Am3re)
  855. Arthur Christmas
  856. Shark Night 3D
  857. L’Amour Fou
  858. Country Strong
  859. Oakie’s Outback Adventure
  860. Surviving Georgia
  861. Cedar Rapids
  862. Our Idiot Brother
  863. In Time
  864. The Cup
  865. Don’t be Afraid of the Dark
  866. Contagion
  867. What’s Your Number?
  868. The Three Musketeers
  869. Midnight in Paris
  870. Higher Ground
  871. The Thing
  872. Project Nim
  873. Footloose
  874. Take Shelter
  875. Crazy, Stupid, Love.
  876. The Whistleblower
  877. Monte Carlo
  878. Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World
  879. Submarine
  880. The Eye of the Storm
  881. Fire in Babylon
  882. Tabloid
  883. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  884. Red State
  885. Real Steel
  886. Johnny English Reborn
  887. The Hunter
  888. Fright Night
  889. Abduction
  890. 13 Assassins
  891. Guilty Pleasures
  892. Client 9: the Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
  893. Colombiana
  894. Zookeeper
  895. Final Destination 5
  896. The Change-Up
  897. Face to Face
  898. Win Win
  899. The Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  900. Horrible Bosses
  901. Hobo with a Shotgun
  902. The Help
  903. Conan the Barbarian
  904. Chalet Girl
  905. Beastly
  906. Priest
  907. The Woman
  908. The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
  909. Friends with Benefits
  910. Secuestrados (Kidnapped)
  911. Jane Eyre
  912. Big Mamma’s Boy
  913. Cowboys & Aliens
  914. Green Lantern
  915. Senna
  916. Tucker and Dale vs Evil
  917. The Illusionist
  918. The Conspirator
  919. Love Crime
  920. Captain America, the First Avenger
  921. Precious Life
  922. Bad Teacher
  923. The Eagle
  924. Five Days of August/ Five Days of War
  925. Mars Needs Moms
  926. Stake Land
  927. Beautiful Lies (De Vrais Mensonges)
  928. Meek’s Cutoff
  929. Cars 2
  930. The Last Circus (La Balada Triste de la Trompeta)
  931. Kung Fu Panda 2
  932. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  933. Larry Crowne
  934. The Trip
  935. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  936. Special Treatment (Sans Queue ni Tete)
  937. Mr Popper’s Penguins
  938. Mozart’s Sister
  939. Love and Other Impossible Pursuits/ The Other Woman
  940. All Good Things
  941. Crazy on the Outside
  942. The Tree of Life
  943. SIGNIS Film Reviews: May/June 2011
  944. Faith, Fraud + Minimum Wage
  945. Super 8
  946. Blame
  947. Bridesmaids
  948. Little White Lies
  949. Here I Am
  950. X Men: First Class
  951. The Tunnel
  952. Babies
  953. The Hangover Part II
  954. Carlos
  955. Oceans
  956. Angele et Tony
  957. Soul Surfer
  958. Julia’s Eyes
  959. Mrs Carey’s Concert
  960. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  961. SIGNIS Statement: Oranges and Sunshine
  962. Burke and Hare
  963. Water for Elephants
  964. Hanna
  965. Source Code
  966. Hoodwinked Too: The Battle Between Hood and Evil
  967. Fast Five/ The Fast and the Furious 5
  968. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
  969. Your Highness
  970. Thor
  971. Something Borrowed
  972. Snowtown
  973. Scream 4
  974. Rio
  975. La Rafle/ The Round Up
  976. Le Quattro Volte
  977. Paul
  978. Oranges and Sunshine
  979. Murundak
  980. Main Street
  981. Mad Bastards
  982. The Lost Bladesman
  983. Insidious
  984. Incendies
  985. The Human Resources Manager
  986. Get Low
  987. Catfish
  988. Arthur
  989. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March/April 2011
  990. Hop
  991. Sucker Punch
  992. Potiche
  993. Goethe!
  994. The Day I Wasn’t Born (Das lied in mir)
  995. Limitless
  996. Haevnen (In a Better World)
  997. A Heartbeat Away
  998. The Lincoln Lawyer
  999. The Reef
  1000. Red Riding Hood
  1001. The Company Men
  1002. Battle Los Angeles
  1003. Just Go With It
  1004. Howl
  1005. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  1006. Almanya - Willkommen in Deutschland
  1007. Ausente (Absent)
  1008. Cave of Forgotten Dreams
  1009. Come Rain, Come Shine
  1010. Coriolanus
  1011. Dance Town
  1012. The Devil’s Double
  1013. Les Femmes du 6eme Etage (Women of the 6th Floor/ Service Entrance)
  1014. The Forgiveness of Blood
  1015. The Future
  1016. Griff the Invisible
  1017. The Guard
  1018. If Not Us, Who (Wer Wenn Nicht Wir)
  1019. Invisible (Lo Roim Alaich)
  1020. Late Bloomers
  1021. Margin Call
  1022. Mein Bester Feind (My Best Enemy)
  1023. Un Mondo Misterioso (A Mysterious World)
  1024. Nader and Simin: a Separation
  1025. Odem (Lipstikka)
  1026. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlinale 2011 Special Edition
  1027. Our Grand Despair
  1028. Pina
  1029. El Premio (The Prize)
  1030. Romeos
  1031. Schlafkrankheit (Sleeping Sickness)
  1032. Swans
  1033. Tambien la lluvia (Even the Rain)
  1034. Tropa de Elite 2 (Elite Squad 2 - The Enemy Within)
  1035. True Grit
  1036. Unknown
  1037. Utopians
  1038. Vampire
  1039. V Subottu (Innocent Saturday)
  1040. Wind and Fog
  1041. Yelling to the Sky
  1042. The Rite
  1043. La Tete en Friche (My Afternoons with Margueritte)
  1044. Rango
  1045. SIGNIS Statement: The Rite
  1046. The Way Back
  1047. Wasted on the Young
  1048. Secretariat
  1049. Season of the Witch
  1050. No Strings Attached
  1051. Never Let Me Go
  1052. Nenette
  1053. A LIttle Bit of Heaven
  1054. Inside Job
  1055. I Am Number Four
  1056. Hall Pass
  1057. Gnomeo and Juliet
  1058. Conviction
  1059. Big Momma. Like Father Like Son
  1060. The Adjustment Bureau
  1061. Rabbit Hole
  1062. Hereafter
  1063. SIGNIS Statement: Brighton Rock
  1064. Barney’s Version
  1065. The Green Hornet
  1066. The Next Three Days
  1067. Ramona and Beezus
  1068. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2011
  1069. The Mechanic
  1070. How Do You Know
  1071. The Romantics
  1072. 127 Hours
  1073. Black Swan
  1074. The Fighter
  1075. Burlesque
  1076. The Dilemma
  1077. Takers
  1078. Stone
  1079. Arctic Blast
  1080. Out Of The Silence
  1081. Helen
  1082. Morning Glory
  1083. Yogi Bear
  1084. Korkoro
  1085. Unstoppable
  1086. Tangled
  1087. The Tourist
  1088. Sarah’s Key (Elle s’appelle Sarah)
  1089. Gulliver’s Travels
  1090. Little Fockers
  1091. Love and Other Drugs
  1092. SIGNIS Film Reviews: December 2010
  1093. The King’s Speech
  1094. Heartbreaker (L’Arnacoeur)
  1095. Somewhere
  1096. Desert Flower
  1097. Tron: Legacy
  1098. Megamind
  1099. The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  1100. Devil
  1101. Rare Exports - A Christmas Tale
  1102. The Last Exorcism
  1103. Due Date
  1104. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October/November 2010
  1105. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2010
  1106. Beneath Hill 60
  1107. Monsters
  1108. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I
  1109. Machete
  1110. Sisters of War
  1111. Wild Target
  1112. Skyline
  1113. The American
  1114. Winter’s Bone
  1115. The Loved Ones
  1116. Paranormal Activity 2
  1117. Saw 3D (Saw VII)
  1118. The Social Network
  1119. Gainsbourg
  1120. Detective Dee and the Phantom Flame
  1121. You Don’t Know Jack
  1122. Life as We Know It
  1123. Made in Dagenham
  1124. Red
  1125. Let Me In
  1126. The Town
  1127. Resident Evil: Afterlife
  1128. Copacabana
  1129. La Danse
  1130. The Human Centipede (First Sequence)
  1131. The Clinic
  1132. Eat Pray Love
  1133. Buried
  1134. Legend of the Guardians. The Owls of Ga’hoole
  1135. Dinner for Schmucks
  1136. The Least of These
  1137. The City of Your Final Destination
  1138. Sagan
  1139. Summer Coda
  1140. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  1141. Cats and Dogs: the Revenge of Kitty Galore
  1142. I’m Still Here
  1143. The Other Guys
  1144. The Last Airbender
  1145. Easy A
  1146. Tomorrow When the War Began
  1147. Despicable Me
  1148. Letters to Father Jakob (Postia poppi Jaakobille)
  1149. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  1150. Salt
  1151. The Girl Who Played with Fire
  1152. Piranha 3D
  1153. Vampires Suck
  1154. Matching Jack
  1155. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Summer 2010
  1156. Cairo Time
  1157. Peepli [Live]
  1158. The Expendables
  1159. Second Hand Wedding
  1160. Splice
  1161. Step Up 3D
  1162. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  1163. The Special Relationship
  1164. South Solitary
  1165. Killers
  1166. Leaving (Partir)
  1167. Inception
  1168. Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
  1169. Boy
  1170. The Waiting City
  1171. Knight and Day
  1172. L’Herisson (Hegehog)
  1173. The Runaways
  1174. Predators
  1175. The Karate Kid
  1176. Eclipse (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse)
  1177. Toy Story 3
  1178. New York, I Love You
  1179. The A-Team
  1180. Get Him to the Greek
  1181. Accidents Happen
  1182. L’Affaire Farewell
  1183. Animal Kingdom
  1184. City Island
  1185. Le Concert
  1186. I Love You Too
  1187. The Kings of Mykonos
  1188. Letters to Juliet
  1189. Mademoiselle Chambon
  1190. Mother and Child
  1191. Shrek Forever After
  1192. Valhalla Rising
  1193. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2010 Special Edition
  1194. Abel
  1195. Les Amours Immaginaires
  1196. Another Year
  1197. Aurora
  1198. Biutiful
  1199. Blue Valentine
  1200. Burnt by the Sun 2: The Exodus
  1201. Carancho
  1202. Chonqing Blues (Rizhao Chongqing)
  1203. Copie Certifie (Certified Copy)
  1204. Des Hommes et des Dieux (Of Gods and Men)
  1205. Fair Game
  1206. Hahaha
  1207. L’homme qui crie (A Screaming Man)
  1208. Hors-la-loi (Outside the Law)
  1209. The Housemaid
  1210. Kaboom
  1211. Life, Above All
  1212. Lung Boonmee Rachuak Chat (Uncle Boonmee who can Recall Past Lives)
  1213. Marti, Dupa Craciun (Tuesday after Christmas)
  1214. My Joy
  1215. La Nostra Vita
  1216. SIGNIS Statement: "Des hommes et des dieux" (Of Gods and Men)
  1217. Octubre
  1218. Outrage
  1219. Poetry
  1220. La Princesse de Montpensier
  1221. Robin Hood
  1222. Rebecca H. (Return to the Dogs)
  1223. Route Irish
  1224. Simon Werner e Disparu... (Lights Out)
  1225. The Strange Case of Angelica
  1226. Szerid Teremtes - A Frankenstein Terv (Tender Son - the Frankenstein Project
  1227. Tamara Drewe
  1228. Tournee (On Tour)
  1229. The Tree
  1230. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  1231. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
  1232. SIGNIS Film Reviews: April/May 2010
  1233. Brooklyn’s Finest
  1234. Tooth Fairy
  1235. Sex and the City 2
  1236. The Losers
  1237. Rec 2
  1238. Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time
  1239. Gentlemen Broncos
  1240. Cop Out
  1242. Hot Tub Time Machine
  1243. A Room and a Half
  1244. Psych 9
  1245. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  1246. Furry Vengeance
  1247. Four Lions
  1248. The Backup PLan
  1249. Iron Man 2
  1250. Revanche
  1251. The Last Song
  1252. The Disappearance of Alice Creed
  1253. SIGNIS Statement: Agora
  1254. SIGNIS Statement: The Calling
  1255. The Joneses
  1256. Dogtooth
  1257. Centurion
  1258. It’s a Wonderful Afterlife
  1259. Cherrybomb
  1260. Date Night
  1261. Io Sono L’Amore (I Am Love)
  1262. Pazar (The Market - a Tale of Trade)
  1263. City of Life and Death
  1264. Cemetery Junction
  1265. Ghost (The Ghost Writer)
  1266. Dear John
  1267. Repo Men
  1268. Crying with Laughter
  1269. Boogie Woogie
  1270. Donne-moi La Main (Give Me Your Hand)
  1271. Shelter
  1272. The Infidel
  1273. Whip It
  1274. I Know You Know
  1275. SIGNIS Statement: Lourdes
  1276. SIGNIS Statement: No Greater Love
  1277. Shank
  1278. How to Train Your Dragon
  1279. Clash of the Titans
  1280. Remember Me
  1281. Kick Ass
  1282. Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang
  1283. The Blind Side
  1284. I Love You, Phillip Morris
  1285. The Bounty Hunter
  1286. My Last Five Girlfriends
  1287. The Spy Next Door
  1288. Sons of Cuba
  1289. Salvage
  1290. The Scouting Book for Boys
  1291. House of the Devil
  1292. Green Zone
  1293. Hachi: a Dog’s Tale
  1294. Shutter Island
  1295. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  1296. The Kreutzer Sonata
  1297. The Father of My Children (Le Pere de Mes Enfants)
  1298. Chloe
  1299. Battle for Terra
  1300. The Wolfman
  1301. Oorlogswinter (Winter in Wartime)
  1302. Valentine’s Day
  1303. Solomon Kane
  1304. Powder Blue
  1305. The Crazies
  1306. Case 39
  1307. Anonyma
  1308. Alice in Wonderland
  1309. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: the Lightning Thief
  1310. Ondine
  1311. Micmacs
  1312. Legion
  1313. Leap Year
  1314. From Paris with Love
  1315. Extraordinary Measures
  1316. Everybody’s Fine
  1317. Crazy Heart
  1318. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2010 Special Edition
  1319. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January/February 2010
  1320. L’Arbre et La Foret (Family Tree)
  1321. L’Autre Dumas (The Other Dumas)
  1322. Bal (Honey)
  1323. David Wants to Fly
  1324. Exit Through the Gift Shop
  1325. En Familie (A Family)
  1326. Father of Invention
  1327. Die Fremde (When You Leave)
  1328. Greenberg
  1329. Jud Suss: Rise and Fall
  1330. The Kids are All Right
  1331. The Killer Inside Me
  1332. Mine Vaganti (Loose Cannons)
  1333. My Name is Khan
  1334. Na Putu (On the Path)
  1335. Otouto (About Her Brother)
  1336. Please Give
  1337. Red Hill
  1338. Shahada (Faith)
  1339. Son of Babylon
  1340. Submarino
  1341. When I Want to Whistle, I Whistle
  1342. A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop
  1343. Invictus
  1344. The Book of Eli
  1345. Astro Boy
  1346. Youth in Revolt
  1347. Up in the Air
  1348. Tony
  1349. A Single Man
  1350. Romeo and Juliet (Indonesia)
  1351. Holy Water
  1352. Exam
  1353. It’s Complicated
  1354. 44 Inch Chest
  1355. Nine
  1356. St Trinians: the Legend of Fritton’s Gold
  1357. Ninja Assassin
  1358. Daybreakers
  1359. Armored
  1360. Edge of Darkness
  1361. Motherhood
  1362. Brothers
  1363. Breathless
  1364. Bran Nue Dae
  1365. All About Steve
  1366. The Princess and the Frog
  1367. Talentime
  1368. Troubled Water (De Usynlige)
  1369. Extract
  1370. Shrink
  1371. Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
  1372. Diamant 13
  1373. Old Dogs
  1374. Did You Hear about the Morgans?
  1375. Mao’s Last Dancer
  1376. Sherlock Holmes
  1377. The Lovely Bones
  1378. Prime Mover
  1379. The Brothers Bloom
  1380. Avatar
  1381. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October/November/December 2009
  1382. The Other Man
  1383. Post Grad
  1384. Unmade Beds
  1385. Where the Wild Things Are
  1386. Planet 51
  1387. Only When I Dance
  1388. Nowhere Boy
  1389. The Merry Gentleman
  1390. Me and Orson Welles
  1391. The Girlfriend Experience
  1392. Le Premier Jour du Reste de ta vie (The First Day of the Rest of Your Life)
  1393. The Descent: Part 2
  1394. Cracks
  1395. The Box
  1396. Nativity!
  1397. Paranormal Activity
  1398. Law Abiding Citizen
  1399. Bunny and the Bull
  1400. Machan
  1401. The Boys are Back
  1402. New Moon (The Twilight Saga: New Moon)
  1403. Glorious 39
  1404. A Serious Man
  1405. Examined Life
  1406. Un Barrage Contre le Pacifique (The Sea Wall)
  1407. Harry Brown
  1408. Amelia
  1409. 2012
  1410. The Fourth Kind
  1411. An Education
  1412. A Christmas Carol
  1413. The Men Who Stare at Goats
  1414. The Cove
  1415. The Horseman
  1416. Jennifer’s Body
  1417. Fantastic Mr Fox
  1418. Saw VI
  1419. Coffin Rock
  1420. Dead Man Running
  1421. Stone Bros.
  1422. Disgrace
  1423. My Year without Sex
  1424. This Is It
  1425. Blessed
  1426. Cirque du Freak: the Vampire’s Assistant
  1427. Cedar Boys
  1428. Beautiful Kate
  1429. 9
  1430. Pontypool
  1431. Couples Retreat
  1432. Halloween II
  1433. Ong Bak: the Beginning
  1434. Zombieland
  1435. Capitalism: A Love Story
  1436. The Informant!
  1437. Pandorum
  1438. My Life in Ruins (Driving Aphrodite)
  1439. Surrogates
  1440. The Invention of Lying
  1441. Whiteout
  1442. Sorority Row
  1443. The Soloist
  1444. Management
  1445. Julie & Julia
  1446. Jack Said
  1447. Gamer
  1448. The Firm
  1449. Fame
  1450. Dorian Gray
  1451. The Crimson Wing
  1452. Creation
  1453. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  1454. Blind Dating
  1455. Away We Go
  1456. Adventureland
  1457. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Summer 2009
  1458. District 9
  1459. (500) Days of Summer
  1460. The Red Baron
  1461. Sztuczki (Tricks)
  1462. Shorts
  1463. Funny People
  1464. The Time Traveler’s Wife
  1465. A Perfect Getaway
  1466. I Love You, Beth Cooper
  1467. The Final Destination
  1468. Dance Flick
  1469. Bandslam
  1470. Aliens in the Attic
  1471. Orphan
  1472. Adam
  1473. GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  1474. Home
  1475. The Ugly Truth
  1476. G-Force
  1477. The Taking of Pelham 123
  1478. Land of the Lost
  1479. Crossing Over
  1480. Mad, Sad and Bad
  1481. Coco Avant Chanel (Coco Before Chanel)
  1482. The Limits of Control
  1483. The Hurt Locker
  1484. Villa Amalia
  1485. Antichrist: An Essay/Review
  1486. The Proposal
  1487. Just Another Love Story
  1488. Charles Dickens’ England
  1489. Soul at Peace (Pokoj v Dusi)
  1490. Bist (Twenty)
  1491. Un Age a la Mer (Angel at Sea)
  1492. Tutta Colpa di Giuda
  1493. Swinki (Piggies)
  1494. Goodbye, Solo
  1495. Moon
  1496. Martyrs
  1497. The Informers
  1498. Lake Tahoe
  1499. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  1500. Frozen River
  1501. Cold Souls
  1502. Bruno
  1503. Red Mist
  1504. Public Enemies
  1505. Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
  1506. Shirin
  1507. Blood: the Last Vampire
  1508. My Sister’s Keeper
  1509. Sunshine Cleaning
  1510. Rudo y Cursi
  1511. Sin Nombre
  1512. Year One
  1513. The Last Thakur
  1514. The Last House on the Left
  1515. Doghouse
  1516. Everlasting Moments (Maria Larsson’s Everlasting Moments)
  1517. Telstar
  1518. Gigantic
  1519. Red Cliff
  1520. Helen
  1521. The Hangover
  1522. O’Horten
  1523. The Children of the Silk Road (The Children of Huang Shi/ Escape from Huang Shi)
  1524. Sex Drive
  1525. Terminator Salvation
  1526. Tormented
  1527. Sugar
  1528. Pour Elle (Anything for Her)
  1529. Max Manus
  1530. Last Chance Harvey
  1531. The Hide
  1532. Awaydays
  1533. Angels & Demons
  1534. Fighting
  1535. Drag Me to Hell
  1536. Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian
  1537. Endgame
  1538. Obsessed
  1539. Viva
  1540. French Film
  1541. Das Weisse Band (The White Ribbon)
  1542. Visage
  1543. Vincere
  1544. Vengeance
  1545. Up
  1546. The Tsar
  1547. The Time that Remains
  1548. Thirst: Ceci est mon Sang
  1549. Tales from the Golden Age
  1550. Taking Woodstock
  1551. The Silent Army
  1552. Samson & Delilah
  1553. Un Prophete
  1554. Precious
  1555. Police, Adjective
  1556. Nobody Knows About Persian Cats
  1557. My Neighbour, My Killer
  1558. Mother
  1559. Map of the Sounds of Tokyo
  1560. Manila
  1561. Looking for Eric
  1562. Jaffa
  1563. Kinatay
  1564. Irene
  1565. Inglourious Basterds
  1566. Independencia
  1567. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
  1568. La Fille du RER (The Girl on the Train)
  1569. Fish Tank
  1570. Eyes Wide Open
  1571. Enter the Void
  1572. Demain des L’Aube
  1573. Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
  1574. Chun Fen Chen Zui De Ye Wan (Spring Fever)
  1575. Cendres et Sang (Ashes and Blood)
  1576. Bright Star
  1577. L’Armee du Crime
  1578. A L’Origine
  1579. Los Abrazos Rotos
  1580. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2009 Special Edition
  1581. SIGNIS Statement: Angels and Demons
  1582. Good
  1583. Coraline
  1584. Star Trek
  1585. Wolverine: X Men Origins
  1586. SIGNIS Film Reviews: April 2009
  1587. Is Anybody There?
  1588. Momma’s Man
  1589. Shifty
  1590. Seraphine
  1591. Villa Jasmin
  1592. Snow (Snijeg)
  1593. Four Nights with Anna
  1594. Fermat’s Room (La habitacion de Fermat)
  1595. Wrong Rosary
  1596. Tear This Heart Out (Arrancame la vida)
  1597. Skin
  1598. Si Puo Fare (We Can Do It/ It Can Be Done)
  1599. Scratch (Rysa)
  1600. Hannah Montana: the Movie
  1601. Blue Eyelids (Parpados Azules)
  1602. Crank: High Voltage
  1603. The Empty Nest
  1604. The Market - a tale of Trade
  1605. Rain
  1606. The Necessities of Life (Ce qu’il faut pour vivre)
  1607. State of Play
  1608. Observe and Report
  1609. Outlander
  1610. Hassan and Morkos
  1611. Departures (Okuribito)
  1612. Dansen (Dancers)
  1613. Blind Sunflowers (Los Girasoles Ciegos)
  1614. 35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum)
  1615. In the Loop
  1616. Not Easily Broken
  1617. Five Minutes of Heaven
  1618. Let the Right One In
  1619. I Love You, Man
  1620. Fifty Dead Men Walking
  1621. Dragonball: Evolution
  1622. 17 Again
  1623. Fast and Furious
  1624. Tony Manero
  1625. Race to Witch Mountain
  1626. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March 2009
  1627. SIGNIS Statement: Religulous
  1628. Cherry Blossoms (Kirschebluten/Hanami)
  1629. Monsters Vs Aliens
  1630. The Boat that Rocked
  1631. I Can’t Think Straight
  1632. The World Unseen
  1633. Religulous
  1634. The Uninvited
  1635. Little Ashes
  1636. The Haunting in Connecticut
  1637. Knowing
  1638. The Life Before Her Eyes
  1639. Traitor
  1640. Genova
  1641. The Damned United
  1642. Duplicity
  1643. Diminished Capacity
  1644. Paul Blart: Mall Cop
  1645. Lesbian Vampire Killers
  1646. The Age of Stupid
  1647. Flash of Genius
  1648. Bronson
  1649. Hush
  1650. The Great Debaters
  1651. The Young Victoria
  1652. Wendy and Lucy
  1653. Watchmen
  1654. Reverb
  1655. A Short Stay in Switzerland
  1656. Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron)
  1657. The Burning Plain
  1658. American Teen
  1659. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2009 Special Edition
  1660. Yarwng (Roots)
  1661. The Crew
  1662. He’s Just Not That Into You
  1663. Push
  1664. Confessions of a Shopaholic
  1665. SIGNIS Film Reviews: February 2009
  1666. The International
  1667. New in Town
  1668. The Unborn
  1669. Franklyn
  1670. Cadillac Records
  1671. Hotel for Dogs
  1672. Friday the 13th
  1673. Gran Torino
  1674. All About Elly (Darbareye Elly)
  1675. Alle Anderen (Everyone Else)
  1676. An American in New York
  1677. Ander
  1678. Beast Stalker
  1679. The Bone Man (Der Knochenmann)
  1680. Burrowing (Man Tanker Sitt)
  1681. Cheri
  1682. The Countess
  1683. Deutschland 09
  1684. Eden a L’Ouest (Eden is West)
  1685. End of Love
  1686. The Fish Child (El Nino Pez)
  1687. Forever Enthralled
  1688. Gigante
  1689. Happy Tears
  1690. John Rabe
  1691. Just Walking (Solo Quiero Caminar)
  1692. Katalin Varga
  1693. Letters to the President
  1694. London River
  1695. Mammoth
  1696. The Messenger
  1697. Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustuda)
  1698. My One and Only
  1699. Pedro
  1700. The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
  1701. Rage
  1702. Ricky
  1703. Ruckenwind (Light Gradient)
  1704. Storm
  1705. Tatarak (Sweet Rush)
  1706. Welcome
  1707. Winterstilte (Winter Silence)
  1708. Notorious
  1709. The Pink Panther 2
  1710. The Spirit
  1711. The Square
  1712. Bottle Shock
  1713. Bolt
  1714. JCVD
  1715. Cronoscrimines (Time Crimes)
  1716. Valkyrie
  1717. Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist
  1718. Henry Poole is Here
  1719. The Broken
  1720. Battle in Seattle
  1721. Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans
  1722. Tokyo Sonata
  1723. The Punisher: War Zone
  1724. Who Killed Nancy?
  1725. My Bloody Valentine 3D
  1726. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2009
  1727. My Mom’s New Boyfriend
  1728. Lucky Miles
  1729. Marley and Me
  1730. Gabriel
  1731. Bride Wars
  1732. Monkey PUzzle
  1733. Doubt
  1734. Frost/Nixon
  1735. Defiance
  1736. Revolutionary Road
  1737. Roman de Gare
  1738. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2
  1739. Seven Pounds
  1740. Transsiberian
  1741. Garbage Warrior
  1742. Yes Man
  1743. The Grocer’s Son
  1744. Slumdog Millionaire
  1745. The Reader
  1746. Far North
  1747. Bedtime Stories
  1748. Beverley Hills Chihuahua
  1749. Newcastle
  1750. Fugitive Pieces
  1751. Gonzo, the Life and Times of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
  1752. The Wrestler
  1753. A Bunch of Amateurs
  1754. Twilight
  1755. The Tale of Despereaux
  1756. Milk
  1757. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  1758. Australia
  1759. SIGNIS Film Reviews: December 2008
  1760. The Church in Transition: Doubt
  1761. Faintheart
  1762. Dean Spanley
  1763. Trade
  1764. The Stone of Destiny
  1765. Nordwand (North Face)
  1766. Love and Honour
  1767. Inkheart
  1768. The Day the Earth Stood Still
  1769. Choke
  1770. Madagascar Escape 2 Africa
  1771. My Best Friend’s Girl
  1772. The Secret Life of Bees
  1773. Quarantine
  1774. Summer
  1775. Julia
  1776. Four Christmases
  1777. Il Vento Va il Suo Giro (The Wind Blows Around)
  1778. Un Poco de Chocolade (A Little Bit of Chocolate)
  1779. Transporter 3
  1780. The Girl in the Park
  1781. Les Lignes du Sang (Rivals)
  1782. Bonneville
  1783. The Children
  1784. The Express
  1785. Lakeview Terrace
  1786. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October-November 2008
  1787. Body of Lies
  1788. The Oxford Murders
  1789. Flawless
  1790. Dialogue avec mon Jardinier (Conversations with My Gardener)
  1791. The Warlords
  1792. Easy Virtue
  1793. Fine, Totally Fine
  1794. Max Payne
  1795. Pride and Glory
  1796. Zach and Miri Make a Porno
  1797. Choking Man
  1798. The Baader Meinhof Complex
  1799. Scar 3D
  1800. W
  1801. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
  1802. Quantum of Solace
  1803. High School Musical 3: Senior Year
  1804. Incendiary
  1805. Of Time and the City
  1806. Le Ring
  1807. A nyomozo (The Investigation)
  1808. Rumba
  1809. Saw V
  1810. Un Coeur Simple (A Simple Heart)
  1811. Non Pensarci (Don’t Think About It)
  1812. Eagle Eye
  1813. Igor
  1814. The Rocker
  1815. Free Jimmy
  1816. Young @ Heart
  1817. La Zona
  1818. Rachel Getting Married
  1819. Bigga than Ben
  1820. Vinyan
  1821. Nights in Rodanthe
  1822. City of Ember
  1823. Mirrors
  1824. Brideshead Revisited
  1825. Mutant Chronicles
  1826. The House Bunny
  1827. Fly Me to the Moon 3D
  1828. SIGNIS Statement: Brideshead Revisited and its Catholicism
  1829. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2008
  1830. Tropic Thunder
  1831. 88 Minutes
  1832. How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
  1833. Good Dick
  1834. Die Welle (The Wave)
  1835. Rocknrolla
  1836. Redbelt
  1837. Righteous Kill
  1838. The Foot Fist Way
  1839. Death Race
  1840. Bangkok Dangerous
  1841. Appaloosa
  1842. The Women
  1843. Taken
  1844. Eden Lake
  1845. Babylon AD
  1846. Live!
  1847. Burn After Reading
  1848. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
  1849. Disaster Movie
  1850. Myrin (Jar City)
  1851. Partition
  1852. The Strangers
  1853. Step-Brothers
  1854. SIGNIS Film reviews: August 2008
  1855. Puffball
  1856. Times and Winds (Bes Vakit)
  1857. The Wackness
  1858. Wild Child
  1859. Shoot on Sight
  1860. Daylight Robbery
  1861. El Cantante
  1862. Somers Town
  1863. You Don’t Mess with the Zohan
  1864. Get Smart
  1865. Ben X
  1866. College Road Trip
  1867. Hellboy II: the Golden Army
  1868. Man from Plains
  1869. Three and Out
  1870. Vexille
  1871. Angel
  1872. The Clone Wars
  1873. Miss Pettigrew Lives a Day
  1874. The Karamazovs
  1875. SIGNIS Statement: The X-Files: I Want to Believe
  1876. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
  1877. CJ7
  1878. Make it Happen
  1879. Tropa de Elite (Elite Squad)
  1880. Renard et L’Enfant (The Fox and the Child)
  1881. The Love Guru
  1882. Cidade dos Homens (City of Men)
  1883. The X Files: I Want to Believe
  1884. Married Life
  1885. Cass
  1886. Blindsight
  1887. Paris
  1888. Before the Rains
  1889. Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
  1890. Elle s’appelle Sabine (Her Name is Sabine)
  1891. Buddha Collapsed out of Shame
  1892. The Dark Knight
  1893. Baby Mama
  1894. Meet Dave
  1895. WALL.E
  1896. Donkey Punch
  1897. SIGNIS Film Reviews: July 2008
  1898. Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D
  1899. Mamma Mia
  1900. The Forbidden Kingdom
  1901. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June 2008
  1902. La Romance d’Astree et Celadon
  1903. Mad Detective
  1904. Mes Amis, Mes Amours
  1905. Kung Fu Panda
  1906. In Memory of My Father
  1907. Adulthood
  1908. El Bano del Papa (The Pope’s Toilet)
  1909. My Winnipeg
  1910. Les Femmes de l’Ombre (Female Agents)
  1911. Prince Caspian
  1912. Hancock
  1913. Wanted
  1914. Cassandra’s Dream
  1915. The Ruins
  1916. The Edge of Love
  1917. The Waiting Room
  1918. In Search of a Midnight Kiss
  1919. The Happening
  1920. The Incredible Hulk
  1921. Hors de Prix (Priceless)
  1922. Teeth
  1923. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2008 Special Edition
  1924. The Escapist
  1925. Kamikaze Girls
  1926. Persepolis
  1927. Mongol
  1928. Ostrov (The Island)
  1929. Taxi to the Darkside
  1930. Balls of Fury
  1931. Mad Money
  1932. Anamorph
  1933. Filth: the Mary Whitehouse Story
  1934. Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
  1935. Sarkar Raj
  1936. Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanomo
  1937. Caramel
  1938. Prom Night
  1939. Superhero Movie
  1940. Chemical Wedding
  1941. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  1942. Sex and the City
  1943. Timber Falls
  1944. 24 City
  1945. Adoration
  1946. A Festa da Menina Morta (Dead Girl’s Feast)
  1947. Afterschool
  1948. Los Bastardos
  1949. Blindness
  1950. The Chaser
  1951. Che
  1952. Un Conte de Noel
  1953. Delta
  1954. Il Divo
  1955. Entre les Murs (The Class)
  1956. The Exchange (formerly Changeling)
  1957. La Frontiere de l’Aube (The Dawn Shore)
  1958. Gomorrah
  1959. The Good, the Bad and the Weird
  1960. Hunger
  1961. Johnny Mad Dog
  1962. Leonera (Lion’s Den)
  1963. Linha de Passe
  1964. Milh Hadha Al-Bahr (Salt of this Sea)
  1965. La Mujer sin Cabeza
  1966. My Magic
  1967. Ocean Flame
  1968. Versailles
  1969. De Ofrivilliga (Involuntary)
  1970. Palermo Shooting
  1971. Sanguepazzo (Wild Blood)
  1972. Serbis
  1973. Le Silence de Lorna (Lorna’s Silence)
  1974. Soi Cowboy
  1975. Surveillance
  1976. Synecdoche, New York
  1977. Tokyo!
  1978. UC Maymun (The Three Monkeys)
  1979. Ting Chi (Parking)
  1980. Tulpan
  1981. Two Lovers
  1982. Vicki Cristina Barcelona
  1983. La Vie Moderne
  1984. Waltz with Bashir
  1985. What Just Happened?
  1986. Wolke 9 (Cloud 9)
  1987. Bienvenue chez les Ch’its (Welcome to the Sticks)
  1988. The Black Balloon
  1989. Charlie Bartlett
  1990. Shutter
  1991. Tovarisch, I Am Not Dead
  1992. La Question Humaine (Heartbeat Detector)
  1993. Cashback
  1994. XXY
  1995. Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?
  1996. Honeydripper
  1997. Un Secret
  1998. The Air I Breathe
  1999. SIGNIS Films Reviews: April 2008
  2000. The Eye
  2001. Speed Racer
  2002. What Happens in Vegas
  2003. Stop-Loss
  2004. [Rec.]
  2005. Iron Man
  2006. Manufacturing Landscapes
  2007. Made of Honour
  2008. Doomsday
  2009. In Bruges
  2010. Pathology
  2011. Street Kings
  2012. One Missed Call
  2013. P2
  2014. My Enemy’s Enemy
  2015. Nim’s Island
  2016. 21
  2017. Leatherheads
  2018. Flashbacks of a Fool
  2019. Deception
  2020. Fool’s Gold
  2021. Gone Baby Gone
  2022. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  2023. The Mourning Forest
  2024. Boarding Gate
  2025. Death Defying Acts
  2026. Ballast
  2027. The Visitor
  2028. Smart People
  2029. The Mist
  2030. The King of California
  2031. Funny Games U.S.
  2032. Son of Rambow
  2033. Awake
  2034. How She Move
  2035. My Brother is an Only Child
  2036. Drillbit Taylor
  2037. First Sunday
  2038. The Go Master
  2039. Run, Fatboy, Run
  2040. The 11th Hour
  2041. Meet the Spartans
  2042. Lars and the Real Girl
  2043. The Spiderwick Chronicles
  2044. Step Up 2: The Streets
  2045. The Orphanage (El Orfanato)
  2046. Love in the Time of Cholera
  2047. Dr Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who
  2048. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March 2008
  2049. L’heure Zero (Towards Zero)
  2050. Avril
  2051. Sous Les Bombes (Under the Bombs)
  2052. Children of Glory
  2053. Out of the Blue
  2054. Miss Austen Regrets
  2055. Assembly
  2056. The Cottage
  2057. Beaufort
  2058. 10,000 BC
  2059. Vantage Point
  2060. Four Minutes (Vier Minuten)
  2061. La Grain et le mulet (The Secret of the Grain)
  2062. George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead
  2063. Garage
  2064. Fade to Black
  2065. The Accidental Husband
  2066. The Baker
  2067. The Bank Job
  2068. The Bucket List
  2069. Mang Shan (Blind Mountain)
  2070. Mister Lonely
  2071. Rambo
  2072. Semi-Pro
  2073. Untraceable
  2074. Waz
  2075. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2008 Special Edition
  2076. Tirador (Slingshot)
  2077. 3 Zan (3 Women)
  2078. Tatil Katibi (Summer Book)
  2079. Standard Operating Procedure
  2080. Sleep Dealer
  2081. Restless
  2082. The Other Boleyn Girl
  2083. Night and Day (Bam Gua Nat)
  2084. Man Jeuk (Sparrow)
  2085. Lemon Tree
  2086. Lady Jane
  2087. Katyn
  2088. Kabei - Our Mother
  2089. Jesus Christus Erloser (Jesus Christ Saviour)
  2090. Jerusalema
  2091. Il y a longtemps que je t’aime (I Have Loved You for So Long)
  2092. Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger
  2093. Happy-Go-Lucky
  2094. Fireflies in the Garden
  2095. Feuerherz (Heart of Fire)
  2096. Elegy
  2097. Dream Boy
  2098. Derek
  2099. Corroboree
  2100. Caos Calmo (Quiet Chaos)
  2101. Boy A
  2102. Be Kind Rewind
  2103. Balikbayan Box
  2104. Black Water
  2105. Jumper
  2106. SIGNIS Film Reviews: February 2008
  2107. There Will Be Blood
  2108. Juno
  2109. Definitely, Maybe
  2110. The Forest of Death
  2111. The Professor and his Beloved Equation
  2112. The Water Horse
  2113. Time to Die
  2114. The Matrimony
  2115. Penelope
  2116. Anche Libero va bene (Across the Ridge)
  2117. Le Scaphandre et Le Papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)
  2118. Margot at the Wedding
  2119. Things We Lost in the Fire
  2120. Over Her Dead Body
  2121. Italianetz (The Italian)
  2122. Cloverfield
  2123. Battle for Haditha
  2124. The Savages
  2125. Desaccord Parfait (Twice on a Lifetime)
  2126. Ensemble, C’est Tout (Hunting and Gathering)
  2127. Clubland
  2128. The Final Winter
  2129. Footy Legends
  2130. The Good Night
  2131. Kokoda
  2132. Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  2133. September
  2134. Asterix at the Olympic Games
  2135. St Trinians
  2136. Walk Hard: the Dewey Cox Story
  2137. Underdog
  2138. Charlie Wilson’s War
  2139. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2008
  2140. Alien versus Predator: Requiem
  2141. Dan in Real Life
  2142. PS I Love You
  2143. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
  2144. Romulus, My Father
  2145. Rogue
  2146. National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  2147. I Am Legend
  2148. Closing the Ring
  2149. The Man in the Chair
  2150. The Game Plan
  2151. The Bet
  2152. 27 Dresses
  2153. As It Is In Heaven
  2154. Arctic Tale
  2155. Youth without Youth
  2156. Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
  2157. Weirdsville
  2158. My Kid Could Paint That
  2159. Infinite Justice
  2160. Chromophobia
  2161. Anna M
  2162. Bella
  2163. The Bee Movie
  2164. He Was a Quiet Man
  2165. SIGNIS Statement: The Golden Compass
  2166. 30 Days of Night
  2167. Brick Lane
  2168. Enchanted
  2169. A Very British Gangster
  2170. Code Name: The Cleaner
  2171. I’m Not There
  2172. SIGNIS Film Reviews: November 2007
  2173. Pret-moi la main (I Do)
  2174. Talk to Me
  2175. Rescue Dawn
  2176. Shrooms
  2177. Fred Claus
  2178. Hitman
  2179. This Christmas
  2180. August Rush
  2181. You Kill Me
  2182. Stellet Licht
  2183. Silk
  2184. Into the Wild
  2185. The Lookout
  2186. Good Luck Chuck
  2187. Beowulf
  2188. I Served the King of England
  2189. The Jane Austen Book Club
  2190. Redacted
  2191. The Magic Flute
  2192. American Gangster
  2193. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  2194. Lions for Lambs
  2195. SIGNIS Statement: Elizabeth - The Golden Age
  2196. Once
  2197. Black Sheep
  2198. Nancy Drew
  2199. Mr Brooks
  2200. The Last Legion
  2201. Resident Evil: Extinction
  2202. The Invasion
  2203. Razzle Dazzle
  2204. Interview
  2205. Stardust
  2206. Rendition
  2207. Ratatouille
  2208. The Nines
  2209. In the Valley of Elah
  2210. The Hunting Party
  2211. Eastern Promises
  2212. The Dark is Rising
  2213. The Darjeeling Limited
  2214. Daddy Day Camp
  2215. Blame it on Fidel
  2216. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October 2007
  2217. Rocket Science
  2218. Shoot ’em Up
  2219. Mr Woodcock
  2220. Across the Universe
  2221. Halloween
  2222. Sleuth
  2223. Death at a Funeral
  2224. Syndromes and a Century
  2225. Lust, Caution
  2226. It’s a Free World
  2227. War
  2228. The Nanny Diaries
  2229. And When Did You Last See Your Father
  2230. Control
  2231. Dnevnoy Dozor (Day Watch)
  2232. Feast of Love
  2233. The Heartbreak Kid
  2234. Hot Rod
  2235. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
  2236. The Kingdom
  2237. The Brave One
  2238. Die Falscher (The Counterfeiters)
  2239. In Memoria di Me
  2240. Takva
  2241. Superbad
  2242. Le Serpent
  2243. Michael Clayton
  2244. Irina Palm
  2245. Georgia Rule
  2246. The Ex (Fast Track)
  2247. SIGNIS Films Reviews: August/September 2007
  2248. Atonement
  2249. 3:10 to Yuma
  2250. No Reservations
  2251. Death Sentence
  2252. 1408
  2253. December Boys
  2254. 2 Days in Paris
  2255. Year of the Dog
  2256. Buy it Now
  2257. Quelques Jours en Septembre
  2258. Hallam Foe
  2259. We are all Christs (Wszyscy Jestesmy Chrystusami)
  2260. Sugarhouse
  2261. Waitress
  2262. Seraphim Falls
  2263. Lady Chatterley
  2264. Knocked Up
  2265. Evening
  2266. Eagle vs Shark
  2267. 12.08, East of Bucharest
  2268. The Bourne Ultimatum
  2269. Sparkle
  2270. Bratz the Movie
  2271. Ecoute le temps
  2272. Mee Shee: the Water Giant
  2273. Marigold
  2274. Copying Beethoven
  2275. Surf’s Up
  2276. Rush Hour 3
  2277. License to Wed
  2278. Happily N’Ever After
  2279. Wind Chill
  2280. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June-July 2007
  2281. Tales from Earthsea
  2282. Gandhi my Father
  2283. Evan Almighty
  2284. The Hoax
  2285. I Have Never Forgotten You: the Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal
  2286. Transformers
  2287. In the Land of Women
  2288. The Walker
  2289. The Simpsons Movie
  2290. Disturbia
  2291. Daratt
  2292. Macbeth
  2293. The Priestess
  2294. The Lark Farm
  2295. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  2296. Hairspray
  2297. A Story of People in War and Peace
  2298. Screamers
  2299. SIGNIS Statement: Sinner
  2300. The War on Democracy
  2301. Die Hard 4.0
  2302. Dead Silence
  2303. The Flying Scotsman
  2304. Hostel 2
  2305. Sketches of Frank Gehry
  2306. Shrek the Third
  2307. Grow Your Own
  2308. Ne le dis a personne (Tell No One)
  2309. Lucky You
  2310. Captivity
  2311. PTU
  2312. The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
  2313. Water
  2314. Vacancy
  2315. Are We Done Yet?
  2316. Frankie
  2317. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2007 Special Edition
  2318. SIGNIS Film Reviews: May 2007
  2319. SIGNIS Film Reviews: April 2007
  2320. The Wild Blue Yonder
  2321. Messages
  2322. Black Gold
  2323. Nuovomondo (Golden Door)
  2324. Turistas (Paradise Lost)
  2325. Je Suis Pas La Pour Etre Aime (Not Here to be Loved)
  2326. The Tiger’s Tail
  2327. Oceans 13
  2328. Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World’s End
  2329. The Chumscrubber
  2330. The City of Violence
  2331. The Hitcher
  2332. We Own the Night
  2333. Naissance des Pieuvres (Water Lilies)
  2334. Une Vielle Maitresse (An Old Mistress)
  2335. Triangle
  2336. Terror’s Advocate
  2337. Tehilim
  2338. La Soledad
  2339. Sicko
  2340. Secret Sunshine
  2341. Savage Grace
  2342. Paranoid Park
  2343. No Country for Old Men
  2344. My Blueberry Nights
  2345. Munruyangabo
  2346. A Mighty Heart
  2347. The Man from London
  2348. Import/Export
  2349. Go Go Tales
  2350. The Flight of the Red Balloon (Le Voyage de Ballon Rouge)
  2351. Death Proof
  2352. Les Chansons d’Amour (Love Songs)
  2353. Chacun Son Cinema
  2354. Centochiodi (A Hundred Nails)
  2355. Breath (Soom)
  2356. Boxes
  2357. The Banishment
  2358. The Band’s Visit
  2359. Auf der Anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven)
  2360. Apres Lui
  2361. Alexandra
  2362. L’Age des Tenebres (The Age of Ignorance)
  2363. 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days
  2364. Lovewrecked
  2365. Conversations with Other Women
  2366. Like Minds
  2367. Mon Meilleur Ami (My Best Friend)
  2368. Dans Paris
  2369. 28 Weeks Later
  2370. Black Snake Moan
  2371. Spiderman 3
  2372. La Noche de los Girasoles (The Night of the Sunflowers)
  2373. Goya’s Ghosts
  2374. Beyond the Gates of Splendor
  2375. End of the Spear
  2376. Goodbye Bafana
  2377. The Breed
  2378. This is England
  2379. The Painted Veil
  2380. The Last Mimzy
  2381. Next
  2382. Reno 911!: Miami
  2383. Straightheads
  2384. Away from Her
  2385. Scott Walker: 30 Century Man
  2386. The Puffy Chair
  2387. Fracture
  2388. Fur: an Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus
  2389. The Jesus Project
  2390. Half Nelson
  2391. The Pathfinder: An Untold Legend
  2392. The Reaping
  2393. Reign over me
  2394. Son of Man
  2395. Perfect Stranger
  2396. Edmond
  2397. La Mome (La Vie en Rose)
  2398. Unknown
  2399. Shooter
  2400. Provoked (Provoked: a True Story)
  2401. Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others)
  2402. One Night with the King
  2403. Wild Hogs
  2404. The Bridge to Terabithia
  2405. SIGNIS Film Reviews: February/March 2007
  2406. Meet the Robinsons
  2407. Sunshine
  2408. Blades of Glory
  2409. The Messengers
  2410. The Namesake
  2411. Curse of the Golden Flower
  2412. Stomp the Yard
  2413. Stay (Sleeping Dogs)
  2414. Mr Bean’s Holiday
  2415. The Hills Have Eyes II
  2416. Factory Girl
  2417. Deliver Us from Evil: SIGNIS Statement
  2418. Catch a Fire
  2419. L’Amico di famiglia (The Family Friend)
  2420. The Last Sineater
  2421. Catch and Release
  2422. Amazing Grace
  2423. TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  2424. I Want Candy
  2425. The Ultimate Gift
  2426. Premonition
  2427. Sherrybaby
  2428. Facing the Giants
  2429. Breach
  2430. Zodiac
  2431. Sheitan
  2432. The Astronaut Farmer
  2433. Outlaw
  2434. After the Wedding (Efter Brylluppet)
  2435. Norbit
  2436. Becoming Jane
  2437. The Good German
  2438. Gone
  2439. Kardia
  2440. Music and Lyrics
  2441. 300
  2442. Bamako
  2443. Hot Fuzz
  2444. Eklavya: the Royal Guard
  2445. Middletown
  2446. A Guide to Recognising Your Saints
  2447. Alpha Dog
  2448. Material Girls
  2449. Inland Empire
  2450. Fauteuils d’Orchestre (Orchestra Seats)
  2451. The Number 23
  2452. Because I Said So
  2453. School for Scoundrels
  2454. Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur et les Minimoys)
  2455. Blood and Chocolate
  2456. Goal 2! Living the Dream
  2457. Hannibal Rising
  2458. Epic Movie
  2459. The Reef
  2460. The Good Shepherd
  2461. Ghost Rider
  2462. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2007
  2463. Dreamgirls
  2464. Notes on a Scandal
  2465. Letters from Iwo Jima
  2466. Kenny
  2467. Welcome to Dongmakgol
  2468. The Last King of Scotland
  2469. For Your Consideration
  2470. Irresistible
  2471. Little Red Flowers
  2472. The Illusionist
  2473. Freedom Writers
  2474. Smokin’ Aces
  2475. Ghosts
  2476. Venus
  2477. Flyboys
  2478. Ils (Them)
  2479. Suburban Mayhem
  2480. Gridiron Gang
  2481. Miss Potter
  2482. The Return
  2483. Zwartboek (Black Book)
  2484. Charlotte’s Web
  2485. Flicka
  2486. Boytown
  2487. The Fountain
  2488. Bobby
  2489. 3 Needles
  2490. Last Train to Freo
  2491. Scoop
  2492. La Doublure (The Valet)
  2493. SIGNIS Film Reviews: December 2006
  2494. Flags of our Fathers
  2495. Night at the Museum
  2496. Rocky Balboa
  2497. Perfume: the Story of a Murderer
  2498. Zoom
  2499. Kabul Express
  2500. It’s a Boy/Girl Thing
  2501. Employee of the Month
  2502. "The Nativity Story" Seen from the Philippines
  2503. Running With Scissors
  2504. Blood Diamond
  2505. Unaccompanied Minors (Grounded)
  2506. Eragon
  2507. Deja Vu
  2508. Black Christmas
  2509. SIGNIS Film Reviews: November 2006
  2510. A Prairie Home Companion
  2511. The Pursuit of Happyness
  2512. Apocalypto
  2513. The Holiday
  2514. Frostbiten (Frostbite)
  2515. London to Brighton
  2516. Die Grosse Stille (Into Great Silence)
  2517. Happy Feet
  2518. Jackass Number Two
  2519. Deck the Halls
  2520. The Covenant
  2521. Suburban Mayhem
  2522. Zemastan (It’s Winter)
  2523. Pan’s Labyrinth
  2524. Shortbus
  2525. Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny
  2526. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
  2527. Flushed Away
  2528. Stranger Than Fiction
  2529. Big Nothing
  2530. All the Invisible Children
  2531. Antikorper (Antibodies)
  2532. Twelve and Holding
  2533. The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D
  2534. Breaking and Entering
  2535. Heroes and Villains
  2536. Special (RX) Specioprin Hydrochloride
  2537. Casino Royale
  2538. Puritan
  2539. The Host (Gue-Mool)
  2540. The Prestige
  2541. Waist Deep
  2542. Little Children
  2543. The Nativity Story
  2544. Earthlings (Ugly Bags of Mostly Water)
  2545. All the King’s Men
  2546. The Last Kiss
  2547. Saw III
  2548. Mischief Night
  2549. Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
  2550. Sixty Six
  2551. The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael
  2552. Gypo
  2553. La Tourneuse de Pages (The Page Turner)
  2554. Peaceful Warrior
  2555. Driving Lessons
  2556. Wordplay
  2557. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October 2006
  2558. Idlewild
  2559. The Grudge 2
  2560. Stick It
  2561. New Police Story
  2562. Step Up
  2563. Infamous
  2564. The History Boys
  2565. Tais Toi (Shut Up)
  2566. Starter for Ten
  2567. Open Season
  2568. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
  2569. The Aryan Couple
  2570. Scenes of a Sexual Nature
  2571. A Good Year
  2572. The Guardian
  2573. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2006
  2574. Quinceanera (Echo Park LA)
  2575. Man Push Cart
  2576. Accepted
  2577. The Departed
  2578. Johanna
  2579. Life and Lyrics
  2580. Nina’s Heavenly Delights
  2581. Hoodwinked
  2582. DOA: Dead or Alive
  2583. A Guide to Recognising Your Saints
  2584. Kekexili (Mountain Patrol)
  2585. Click
  2586. Dirty Sanchez - the Movie
  2587. Keane
  2588. The U.S. vs. John Lennon
  2589. Hollywoodland
  2590. Clerks II
  2591. An Inconvenient Truth
  2592. Talladega Nights: the Ballad of Ricky Bobby
  2593. Snow Cake
  2594. Little Miss Sunshine
  2595. The Wicker Man
  2596. The Devil Wears Prada
  2597. SIGNIS Film Reviews: August 2006
  2598. World Trade Center
  2599. The Black Dahlia
  2600. Children of Men
  2601. The Queen
  2602. The Sentinel
  2603. Crank
  2604. This Film is not yet Rated
  2605. The Benchwarmers
  2606. Over the Hedge
  2607. Severance
  2608. Adrift
  2609. Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School
  2610. You, Me and Dupree
  2611. Right at Your Door
  2612. Snakes on a Plane
  2613. Akeelah and the Bee
  2614. Harsh Times
  2615. A Scanner Darkly
  2616. John Tucker Must Die
  2617. Tideland
  2618. Monster House
  2619. Garfield 2: A Tale of Two Kitties
  2620. The Death of Mr Lazarescu
  2621. Bee Season
  2622. Angel-A
  2623. Ellie Parker
  2624. C.S.A. The Confederate States of America
  2625. Warrior-King
  2626. Alpha Male
  2627. Wilderness
  2628. The Night Listener
  2629. Lady in the Water
  2630. Nacho Libre
  2631. Tarfaya
  2632. Paper Clips
  2633. 11:14
  2634. Cars
  2635. Stay Alive
  2636. The Break-Up
  2637. My Super Ex-Girlfriend
  2638. The Notorious Bettie Page
  2639. Trust the Man
  2640. Miami Vice
  2641. Who Killed the Electric Car?
  2642. Omkara
  2643. The Ant Bully
  2644. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June/July 2006
  2645. Ultraviolet
  2646. The Thief Lord
  2647. District 13 (Banlieue 13)
  2648. Fearless
  2649. Half Light
  2650. Hard Candy
  2651. Imagine You and Me
  2652. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
  2653. Dumplings
  2654. Curious George
  2655. 36 Quai des Orfevres
  2656. Aquamarine
  2657. The Lake House
  2658. Thank You for Smoking
  2659. Superman Returns
  2660. Vers le Sud (Heading South)
  2661. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  2662. Stormbreaker
  2663. An Unfinished Life
  2664. Love + Hate
  2665. Ju On 2 (The Grudge 2)
  2666. Secuestro Express
  2667. El Lobo (The Wolf)
  2668. Little Manhattan
  2669. Poseidon
  2670. Friends with Money
  2671. X Men 3: The Last Stand
  2672. Forty Shades of Blue
  2673. Just My Luck
  2674. The Cave of the Yellow Dog
  2675. Reeker
  2676. Pretty Persuasion
  2677. King Kong
  2678. Ask the Dust
  2679. Wah Wah
  2680. Voces Innocentes (Innocent Voices)
  2681. RV
  2682. Best Wishes! (Czech Republic)
  2683. SIGNIS Statement: The Omen
  2684. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2006 Special Edition
  2685. 2:37
  2686. Babel
  2687. The Caiman
  2688. Cronica de una Fuga
  2689. Fast Food Nation
  2690. Flanders
  2691. Climates
  2692. Indigènes
  2693. Jindabyne
  2694. Lights in the Dusk
  2695. Marie Antoinette
  2696. Paris je t’aime
  2697. Red Road
  2698. Southland Tales
  2699. Volver
  2700. Summer Palace
  2701. Ten Canoes
  2702. El Violin
  2703. The Wind that Shakes the Barley
  2704. Z Odzysku (Retrieval)
  2705. Shooting Dogs

SIGNIS Film reviews - January 2016

January 5th, 2016.
Find below film reviews written by Peter Malone.

  • BIG SHORT, The
  • JOY
  • PROGRAM, The
  • ROOM

US, 2015, 130 minutes, Colour.
Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Brad Pitt, Marisa Tomei, Rafe Spall, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Melissa Leo, Margot Robbie, Selena Gomez.
Directed by Adam McKay.

The Big Short has been receiving award nominations for its screenplay. This is not surprising. It is both interesting and engaging script, very serious in its subject and issues, but interlaced with some broad humour, some caustic humour, some satire, which tends to make the serious message even more serious.

There have been a number of films about the Global Financial Collapse, a very interesting television movie about the banks, the government, the key players portrayed by very strong cast of character actors, Too Big to Fail (2011). Then there was the extravaganza of extravagance in The Wolf of Wall Street (2012). And audiences will bring their response to these films their own experience of the repercussions of the GFC.

This one opens in 2005 and shows four individuals who are very wary about the financial situation in the US and the possibilities for a financial collapse and the consequences for the rest of the world. They are looked on by the establishment as eccentric if not foolish, their criticisms of banking methods, investments in hedge funds is, the industry of buying and selling on mortgages…

For the impact of the film, four serious actors bring these men to life.

We have come to rely on Christian Bale to portray complex characters on screen. He does it again with Michael Burry, a medical doctor with an interest in finance, his own company, very diligent in research, acting on his intuitions that something was very wrong, coming to bankers who politely listen to him, then impolitely laugh at him – until they are caught up in banking collapses. His investors are often very worried, especially as Michael Burry is an unconventional character, in what he wears and what he doesn’t wear (including shoes) and his seemingly cavalier belief in his own reading of situations.

Then there is Ryan Gosling, younger banker, who turns to comment to the audience now and again to confide in them. He is not lacking in’s self-assurance either, talking up his capacities, very much involved in persuading others to follow his lead.

One of those who does is a financial expert, Mark Baum. He is played with extraordinary intensity by Steve Carell who, over many years, has proven himself as an expert comedian, Bruce Almighty, The Office, 40 Here Old Virgin, the Ron Burgundy films, but has shown in recent years a capacity for a variety of serious roles: Foxcatcher, Freeheld, and this banker, with some righteous beliefs in justice, but impatient in his confrontations with everyone, especially his collaborators, and forthright in giving speeches to groups and to individuals, who is prepared to face the risks and is proven correct.

The fourth character, quite subdued in contrast, is a bearded, bespectacled, not immediately recognisable Brad Pitt, a man of sound sense, good advice, who encourages some young upstarts in their theories and speculations, who are looked down on but proven correct although they have to face the social and justice consequences of their success.

As with all these films, there is a fine supporting cast, rather eclectic including British Rafe Spall along with Hamish Linklater as collaborators of Mark Baum, and Marisa Tomei as his patient wife.

This is not to say that the film is easy to follow. One has to take on faith a lot of the dialogue from the four central characters and trust that they know what they are talking about. But, in some moments, the screenplay introduces celebrity characters to do a bit of explaining, although Margot Robbie (the wife of The Wolf of Street) is somewhat distracting doing her seductive speech in a bubble bath but Selena Gomez, watching gamblers in a casino and showing how onlookers bet amongst themselves, bets increasing in size, almost distracted from the initial bet at the table, indicates some of the risks that financial players undertake.

Film buffs will be surprised when they see the name of the director and the co-writer of this film, Adam McKay. He is best known for his work in broad American comedies, often with Will Ferrell, including the Ron Burgundy comedies and as producer of Daddy’s Home. Whatever his talents with comedy, he has used them with great effect in combination with the serious financial issues of this film.

The characters are so well drawn and performed, the dialogue so much a blend of the witty and the harsh, the issues so serious in recent financial history, that the film probably repays a second viewing.

At the end, the voice-over says that many of the bankers went to jail for their misdeeds – and then adds, “just kidding!”. For anyone who is intrigued by The Big Short, see the film 99 Homes showing the disastrous result of the GFC on homeowners unable to pay their mortgages and their loans, ousted from their houses, will find it is a sobering postscript to The Big Short.


Ireland/UK/Canada, 2015, 111 minutes, Colour.
Saiorse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, Domnhall Gleeson, Fiona Glascott, Jane Brennan, Eileen O’HiggIns, Peter Campion, Jessica Pare, Maeve McGrath.
Directed by John Crowley.

Yes, it is the Brooklyn of New York City, but the title of the film might also have been called the name of any town in Ireland. The setting is 1952. The prospects for young women in Ireland at the time were very limited and so quite a number of them migrated from the Irish towns to the United States and found success there, especially in New York City, especially in Brooklyn.

A lot of audiences who like good cinema will enjoy this film very much.

With the first part of the film in Ireland, the focus on a family, an older sister, Rose (Fiona Glascott) an accountant with a local firm as well is something of a golf champion, the mother (Jane Brennan) rather dependent on her daughters and Ellis, the younger daughter whose only job is on Sundays at the local bakery for the women coming out of mass, subject to the dictates of the owner, Miss Kelly, something of a snob as well as a gossip. It seems important that Ellis go to the United States – and Rose, with a priest friend in Brooklyn, Father Flood (a sympathetic Jim Broadbent) is able to arrange a ticket, accommodation and a job in an upmarket New York store.

Ellis has her friends, but is ready to go, something of a wrench from her family, are reserved and shy young woman venturing to a new world – especially the hard and seasick voyage.

Word needs to be said about the leading actress, Saoirse Ronan. She made quite an impact as a child actor, even getting an Oscar nomination for Atonement. She appeared in Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones and Peter Weir’s The Way Back. She now is in her 20s and has made the transition to adult actress with great skill and screen presence, communicating often with her expressions and body language rather than through words. She has received nominations for her performance as Ellis.

It is not as if high profile events happen in Ellis’s life. This is a story of ordinary people. Audiences will enjoy the scenes at the meal table at the boarding house, presided over by Mrs Keogh (Julie Waters at her best, controlling, religiously earnest, and chuckling at the boarders’ lives). Then there are the scenes in the shop with Ellis rather awkward at first, commanded by her supervisor (Jessica Pare) always to be smiling to attract customers back. At one moment, overcome by homesickness, Father Flood comes to the shop and he and the supervisor show concern for her – as they do later when news comes of Rose’s sudden death.

Ellis goes down to the parish dance on a Saturday night, a local parish, an Irish enclave, only to find a young man attracted to her, wanting to dance, talk, walk her home. He is Brooklyn plumber, Tony (Emery Cohen) – but an Italian! There is a nice courtship, Ellis gradually overcoming some awkwardness, dressing a little more colourfully, coming out of herself, even practising eating spaghetti as she is invited to Tony’s home and family.

There are some dramatic moments for Ellis, including Tony’s proposal for a marriage at City Hall, as well as Ellis’s return home, Rose’s funeral, meeting her old friends, mothers not resisting the urge to be matchmakers and introducing Ellis to a fine young man, Domnhall Gleeson. Which means that Ellis, in many ways enjoying being back in Ireland, has to make a decision as to whether she will stay or not, return to Tony…

While there are many serious undertones, this is a very likeable film, likeable and interesting characters – and, surprisingly these days, a very sympathetic picture of the Catholic Church and priests in the early 1950s, the Ministry and concern, not like those old parish priests back home in Ireland.


US, 2015, 118 minutes, Colour.
Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler, Sarah Paulson, Jake Lacy, John Magaro.
Directed by Todd Haynes.

It is something of a surprise to find that the novel on which this film is based is by Patricia Highsmith, best known for her thrillers, including Strangers on a Train, filmed in 1951 by Alfred Hitchcock, the period in which this story is set.

The early 1950s were considered to be a rather calm period in American society – at least with what was to follow in the 1960s. Sexual orientation was not an issue that was discussed in public. This is the context of Carol’s story.

Carol is a wealthy middle-aged woman, divorced but with a little daughter, in some ways subdued by her dominant husband and his family, but seeking some kind of independence, especially in a relationship with Abby, a friend from school days. Her husband and his parents see this as an aberration and encourage her to therapy.

The other central character is a younger woman, Therese, who works in a department store. One day she is attracted by the very well-dressed, demure but assured Carol, sells her a train set as a gift and contrives to return to her the gloves that Carol had misplaced in the store. This leads to a meeting, to a lunch, to a relationship that is significant for both women.

Her husband is able to hold over Carol the threat of not being able to see her daughter. Nevertheless, she goes on a cross-country car ride with Therese. Her husband has not given up on her and the couple is surprised at a motel in the midwest. Carol is compliant, wanting to see her daughter, and her friend, Abby, flies out to bring Carol back to New York.

Can there be a future for the couple? Can Carol be assertive about herself as well as her demands on seeing her daughter? Can Therese move on and find a life on her own?

Over the years, director Todd Haynes has explored aspects of sexual orientation and relationships, especially in Far From Heaven with Julianne Moore and Dennis Quaid, again set in the 1950s and, as with this film, styled, costumes and decor and make up, and photographed in the modes of the period. In some ways this distances the audience from the situation, looking back and making responsive judgements and only then reflecting on the issues of same-sex relationships in the 21st century.

Rooney Mara as Therese won the best actress award at the 2015 Cannes film Festival. But, it is Cate Blanchett who is centre screen as Carol, which many say is Cate Blanchett’s career-best (but they tend to say that about each of her performances). Sarah Paulson is Abby.

The film is meticulously produced, very fine in its performances, paced in a way that allows us to enter into the two characters, appreciate their needs, their attitudes, their relationship.


US, 2015, 133 Minutes, Colour.
Michael B.Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Tony Bellew,Graham McTavish.
Directed by Ryan Coogler.

Those who saw the original Rocky film might scarcely believe that it is almost 40 years since it was released, was extraordinarily popular, won the Oscar for best film. Sylvester Stallone invested a lot of in this character, not only in performance, but writing the screenplay and writing sequels and directing some of them? He even made a comeback in 2006 with Rocky Balboa.

Somebody had the bright idea – and, box-office wise, it is a bright idea – to imagine that Apollo Creed, Carl Weathers in the original films, had an illegitimate son who found out who his father was and wanted to become a boxer, had successful fights under the radar in Mexico, had grown up after his time in juvenile detention to become a successful businessman. But, he wants to give up all this in order to box, to make his own way in the tradition of his father, but using his mother’s name to avoid capitalising on his father’s reputation. He is played by Michael B.Jordan who was the star of the director, Ryan Coogler’s social drama, Fruitvale Station.

So, off he goes to Philadelphia to track down Rocky – Sylvester Stallone at 69. He finds him in his restaurant, but Rocky feels that he is old and cannot consent to train the young man. But, his memories come back, remembering Apollo Creed and his death, but also remembering Adrian his wife and Paulie his trainer, even going to the cemetery to sit with them at their graves and read the news to them. And so, of course, he does decide to train the young man, and there are plenty of vigorous training sequences – vigorous for Adonis Creed, calling himself Donnie Johnson, from his mother’s name, not so vigorous for Rocky himself.

Rocky is not as healthy as he might have imagined and, remembering the death of Adrian and the ineffectiveness of chemotherapy, he decides against it until Adonis challenges him to fight and win with him.

The screenplay, of course, works in a romance, featuring Tessa Thompson as a singer in a club whose loud music in her apartment disturbs Adonis but, when he sees and hears her singing, falls for her and she for him. They get on well together, though there is a falling out when Adonis, angry at Rockies illness, loses his temper with one of her support band members and it looks as if there may might be a serious break.

A Rocky film would not be a Rocky film without a final 12 round boxing battle. This time it is in England, in Liverpool, with the world heavyweight champion, “Pretty” Ricky Conlon. Adonis is the underdog but, by the 12th around, even non-boxing fans will be on his side.

Of course, the screenplay is open to a sequel, to Creed 2 – and initial box office results should be strong enough to persuade Hollywood to make the sequel.


US, 2015, 96 minutes, Colour.
Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, Thomas Hayden Church, Scarlett Estevez, Owen Vaccaro, Bobby Cannavale, Hannibal Buress.
Directed by Steven Anders.

Over the years Will Ferrell has become a household name for broad American comedies, relying on his capacity for big and exaggerated characters, generally overbearing with the touch of the obnoxious – like Ron Burgundy. Mark Wahlberg on the other hand, has moved over several decades from Calvin Klein model and musician to a skill with all kinds of films, especially action films. They appeared together in the police comedy, The Other Guys.

In this film, they both play fathers – well, Will Ferrell plays a stepfather.

His character, Brad, is rather the opposite of the big, booming characters. This time, he is a very nice man who narrates the story and the place who finds himself in, having fallen in love and married Sara, Linda Cardellini, but also inheriting her two young children with whom he is desperate to bond. They feel no such desperation. When there seems to be some kind of movement, the little girl not drawing him as dead already but only being killed in one of her drawings and her brother confiding that he is bullied at school.

But, Brad‘ hopes are somewhat stymied by a phone call from Dusty, Mark Wahlberg, the ex-husband and father who decides that he will return and take over his paternal role. He barges past Brad, intrudes into the household, tries to play with everybody’s mind, but the children delighted to see him, his ex-wife not.

What follows is a series of comic episodes where the two men try to outdo each other, Dusty with the tough stance (the screenplay makes him unexpectedly articulate with a strong vocabulary in the intellectual sense, probably Special Ops), Brad always being very nice, falling into the victim role. They vie with the children’s attentions in reading a bedtime story which parallels home situation. Brad tries to ride Dusty’s bike only to find himself crashing through the house, upstairs, stuck on the wall while the bike flies out of the window, crashing and crushing the roof of his car. Dusty claims he can do the repairs and suggests that Brad fire the carpenter, a black man, Griff. Brad seems to be a racist – and then Dusty and Griff complete the treehouse the Brad was working on and Griff becomes part of the household. And so on.

Audience sympathy is with Brad, who takes Dusty to his work at a Smooth Jazz radio station when they are auditioning for talent – and, Dusty sings their identification jingle and gets the job instantly which pays more than Brad’s salary. His boss, played dryly by Thomas Hayden Church, is taken with Dusty.

One of the characteristics of an American comedy is that it can be loud, very loud, embarrassing events taking place in public, the kind of boisterous exhibitionism which can seem very silly. The big example of this takes place in a basketball arena with Brad making an extreme fool of himself. There is another scene at the end, at a daughter-father dance where Dusty is put to the test as a father, and Brad’s theory that instead of fighting, conflict might be solved by dancing. And, pleasantly, it is.

There is an amusing postscript where all seems happy ending, Brad and Sara have, more than they expected, a new baby. And Dusty has a new wife and has inherited a daughter – whose real father turns up on a huge bike and reacts to Dusty as Dusty had reacted to Brad!


UK, 2015, 120 minutes, Colour.
Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ben Whishaw, Sebastian Koch, Amber Heard.
Directed by Tom Hooper.

An emotional and challenging film.

The screenplay is based on actual characters and events, with a setting in Copenhagen in 1926. It is the story of Einar and Gerda Wegener and issues of gender and transgender surgery. This was rare in the 1920s as well as in succeeding decades but the issues are relevant today.

This is a very handsome film to look at, beautiful photography recreating the period, using Norwegian locations for coastal sequences, views of Copenhagen at the time, some time spent in Paris, Dresden as the scene for the surgery.

The Danish Girl has been directed by Tom Hooper, who made a television impact with his series on Elisabeth I, who won an Oscar for directing The King’s Speech and was also nominated for Les Miserables.

The successful impact of the film depends on the central performance by Eddie Redmayne. Tom Hooper had directed him as Marius in Les Miserables. And then, surprisingly, Redmayne won the Oscar for best actor, 2014, for his portrayal of scientist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. His performance here has Oscar and other awards potential.

Not every actor could be cast as Einar Wegener. Redmayne has a slight build and so makes the gender issues credible, observing his body, speculating on what it would like to be female. But, with the first part of the film, he has to play the Danish artist, Einar Wegener, and establish that he was male. However, because the film is not a documentary but a drama, the screenplay has to make suggestions that Einar is not comfortable in his body, that he has had some female feelings, posing for his wife, Gerda, wearing stockings and a dress, feeling the texture of the materials, becoming more and more comfortable as female, appearing as female, dressing as female. This is tested out, Gerda doing the dressing and the make up, when he goes to a party and is taken for a woman. Lili is the name that he chooses for this inner self.

While Gerda, a beautiful performance by Alicia Vikander (her films of 2015 include The Testament of Youth, Ex Machina, Burnt), is supportive of her husband, his withdrawing from being Einar and allowing his inner Lili to emerge, finds it difficult, has a need for her husband. She paints and sketches him as Lili and her agent arranges for her to go to paint and exhibit in Paris. Lili is very comfortable in Paris, not painting, working as a shop girl in a store.

Childhood friend, Hans (Matthias Schoenaerts, Gabriel Oak in Far from the Madding Crowd) comes to visit and offers his help. Doctors examining the case offer frightening solutions including electric shock, holes in the head, straitjacket internment in an institution… However, a German doctor in Dresden has developed procedures for transgender surgery and Lili agrees to undergo the changes.

Statistics indicate that there are many transgender people in society but most people do not encounter them, learning about the situation principally from the media. The film offers a significant opportunity for reflecting on this gender situation, its consequences on the psyche of a person, on their social place in the world, on the desire for some kind of solving of the personal dilemmas. With its setting of the 1920s, audiences will find the film easier to look at and reflect on, a touch more detachment because of the past – but still the challenge is in the present.

Over the decades, there have been a number of films about transgender surgery including: The Christine Jorgensen Story, 1970, based on a real life situation in Denmark in the 1950s; I Want what I Want, 1972, with Anne Heywood; Second Serve, 1986, with Vanessa Redgrave as Dr Renée Richards, the tennis champion and surgeon, and Carlotta, with Jessica Marais, about the entertainer from King’s Cross, screened on ABC television in 2014. Unlike The Danish Girl, the last three films featured an actress portraying a man becoming a woman.


US, 2014, 98 minutes, Colour.
Peter Sarsgaard, Winona Ryder, Anthony Edwards, Jim Gaffigan, Kellan Lutz, Dennis Hayesbert, Anton Yelchin, John Leguizamo, Lori Singer, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Josh Hamilton.
Directed by Michael Almereyda.

Perhaps you too had to ask, who is Stanley Milgram. And why a film about him?

The first answer is that he was the son of Jewish migrants who made their way to the United States, who was well educated and, by the beginning of the 1960s, with his interest in sociology and psychological ramifications, began a series of experiments at Yale University. Hence the title of this film.

While the film is a biography, it is something more of a portrait, not a particularly long running time, so dipping into Milgram’s experiences, his initial tests, reactions to his tests, some favourable, some unfavourable, and then other investigations that he conducted. More of an academic, with the touch of introversion, there are some glimpses of his personal life, especially his initial encounter in an elevator and then, awkwardly, at a party, with the young woman who was to become his wife, mother of his children. There are glimpses as the years go on, she sometimes working with him, some tensions with the children. But this is always secondary to his experiments. It is good to see Winona Ryder as Milgram’s wife.

We are introduced to the experiment where two people volunteer to be teacher and pupil and waivers are signed about their free participation in the experiments. The pupil goes into a room where there is machinery while the teacher stays outside, observed by the supervisor and Milgram and others behind a glass panel. The aim of the exercise is for the teacher to test the pupil and, after experiencing an electric shock himself so that he knows what it feels like, to give the pupil and electric shock for every mistake made, the intensity of the shock increasing every time.

The aim of the experiment is to show how most people are conditioned to obey authorities, even to inflicting punishments when their feelings are against doing this. The film offers a collage of quite a number of teachers, the variety of their reactions, yet their always following through. One of the main connections made, with some visuals in the film of Adolf Eichmann and his defence in his trial in Israel and the memory of what Hannah Arrendt called “the banality of evil”. Ordinary people obeyed authorities and inflicted pain on others.

Not everyone agreed with Milgram and some said that he was crawl, actually inflicting pain, and were critical of his experiments.

One of the devices of the film is to have the actor Peter Sarsgaard, who plays Milgram, turning to camera and often communicating his thoughts and reactions to the audience, involving them more in the action, for and against his experiments. Another interesting device is the filming of his experiment for the television program, with William Shatner and Ossie Davis playing teacher and pupil, discussing how they will perform the experiment – which we, the audience, have also seen in performance than making the assumption that we have seen the real experiment.

Two other experiments are dramatised, one familiar where a person stands in the street staring into the sky and through conscious or unconscious peer pressure, people start to look up into the sky for no reason at all except that others are doing it. In another experiment, people are photographed and their reactions to examining the portrait of themselves become the subject of research.

Milgrom died at the age of 51 in 1984 after work at Yale, Harvard, in New York City – and the film makes an interesting point at the end when he is taken to hospital, his wife urging the receptionist for a doctor, the receptionist interested first in the filling out of every form, which his wife does.

The Experimenter offers audiences quite a lot to think about in terms of responsibility, decisions, expectations of authority and fulfilling those expectations.

  • JOY

US, 2015, 124 minutes, Colour.
Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Dascha Polanco, Elizabeth Rohm, Susan Lucci, Laura Wright, Ken Howard.
Directed by David O. Russell.

Joy is a rather generic name for a film. We might expect experiences of joy and, by contrast, experiences of sadness. But Joy is the name of the central character, based on actual person, Joy Mangano. With her invention of the squeezing mop, the title of the film could have been Mop.

Audience expectation is high with Jennifer Lawrence in the central role. She had worked with the director, David O. Russell on The Silver Linings Playbook and won an Oscar for best actress. She also worked with him on American Hustle, a small role, striking and Oscar-nominated. Here she is the central character. She also works again with Bradley Cooper as she did in the previous Russell films as well in the period drama, Serena.

In fact, the film begins with sequences from a black and white, very stolidly photographed and performed, soap opera. The audience needs to keep this in mind as we watch because Russell is very serious with his American dream drama, with its touches of nightmares, contrasting with the soap operas. Indeed, the soap opera continues throughout the film, later developments in colour and more sophisticated filmmaking, constantly watched by Joy’s mother, Terry, Virginia Madsen, a recluse after her divorce, living in her room, dependent on her television program.

We see Joy as a child, with her half-sister, Peggy, friends but with a touch of rivalry. Their father, Rudi, who owns a repair business, is played by Robert De Niro.

The screenplay then cuts out a lot of information (later to be taken up in flashbacks) and we find Joy, married and divorced, a mother of two children, working for an airline, a mortgage on her house, living with her grandmother and her reclusive mother, not many prospects in life. As she meets with her best friend, Marie, Dascha Polanco, we are treated to flashbacks about Joy, going to a bar, meeting the singer, Tony (Edgar Ramirez), then bonding, marriage, the years going past, two children, his not getting a satisfactory job, his living in the basement, Joy and Tony still good friends. And then her father wants somewhere to live and is put in the basement where he fights continually with Tony.

There is a development when Rudi makes an online dating connection, a widow called Trudi (Isabella Rossellini) and they hit it off. It is on a yacht cruise where they are forbidden to drink red wine which could stain the teak wood work, where they do drink it, spill it, and Joy mops it up, cutting her hand – but, having invented things in her childhood, gets her thinking about a mop that one needn’t have to handle but could be squeezed by an inner mechanism.

Audiences may be surprised that they are spending so much time in the development of the Mop, the production of the Mop, money loans, promotion of the Mop.

Trudi does give a loan although she has fixed ideas about business. When Joy tries to demonstrate the use of the mop outside K Mart, she is arrested. The local parish priest has gathered together a number of Hispanic women who need work and they combine to become the company who makes the Mops.

Tony has a connection with a producer at a television shopping channel, Neil, played by Bradley Cooper. By insistence and force of personality, Joy demonstrates the mop for Neil, persuades him to let her advertise – with the screenplay giving us an idea about the origins of these channels, the developments, the revolving stages, the process of filming, the number of phone calls, the business success.

The American dream becomes a nightmare when the salesman spoils the whole demonstration – with Joy then determined to do it herself, defying the advice for make-up and clothes, freezing at first, and then warming to the situation and the sales rocket.

That would be too good to be true. As has been said, the American dream has nightmares and there are all kinds of clashes, especially with her sister Peggy who wants to control things with the support of her father, and issues of bankruptcy especially with Trudi, confrontation of the factory owners in California, the discovery of fraud from Texas – and Joy, studying the documentation, confronting the enemy, succeeds and her dreams come true.

Whether they had been put off by a such a study of Mops, a number of commentators decided that the film was rather trivial and silly – but, it seems they have underestimated Jennifer Lawrence’s screen presence and performance, the strength of the supporting cast, the value of the American dream for someone who might have been very ordinary and unachieving American housewife.


Australia, 2015, 83 minutes, Colour.
Dougie Baldwin, Joel Lok Rahart Adams, Matt Testro, Darci Mc Donald, Sean Rees- Wemyss, Angourie Rice, Tamara Shelton.
Directed by David Caesar.

Created by Tony Ayres (The Home’s Song Story), The Slap, Cut Snake), The Nowhere Boys was a very popular television series on the ABC, screened in Australia and overseas. It ran for 26 episodes and was critically received and won awards.

This is the spinoff which will appeal to the young fans of the television series.

There is some recapitulation of the plot of the series for those not familiar with it. The four boys, on a bush excursion, get lost in another time dimension, experience good and evil, magic, and eventually return to their country town of Bremin.

It is now a year later and the group have tended to split, some involved with there own magic (like Andy, the Asian Australian student); like Jake, who is wanting to win a scholarship because of his football talent; like Sam, rather self-centred, skateboard champion, modelling some of the clothing gear and sought after for autographs. Still focused on the magic is Felix who works with his wheelchair-bound brother, Oscar. The four have magic powers and they represent Earth, Air, Fire, Water.

The two brothers are examining a lair that they have found with all kinds of magic and, when they discover a book hidden under the floorboards which they cannot open, it is time to get the full group together for combined magic – which works but at the cost of surrendering the talisman they found in the other world, dividing it into four, but giving each magical powers.

In case this looks to male-oriented, the boys have girlfriends in the school, Mia likes Sam but is irritated by his vanity, Ellen likes Felix, and Andy’s sister is exasperated with his imposing on her to take photos of his magic exploits.

But then comes Tegan from another world whose quest is to recover the magic book and destroy it. She becomes friends with the other girls and enables them to have powers – not above some “mean girls” upsetting other students at school and tipping the boys over and mocking them.

Obviously, it is all building up to a confrontation, also involving the brothers’ father who seems to have magic connections, some protectors from the other world who try to get order out of confusion, and some popping back into the alternate world by Andy to see a girlfriend; Sam is lost in “negative space” and its darkness, before all combine to overcome the dark side.

There are some references to Harry Potter – and so this is kind of Antipodean variation on Harry Potter stories and magic.


Germany, 2013, 150 minutes, Colour.
Tom Payne, Stellan Skarsgaard, Ben Kingsley, Olivier Martinez, Emma Rigby, Makram Khouriy.
Directed by Philip Stolzl.

The physician is based on a large historical novel by Noah Gordon, adapted for the screen in a German production by Philip Stoltzl. The film is reminiscent of those long and large spectacles from the 1950s and 1960s, taking audiences into distant times, exotic lands and cultures, opening horizons into the past.

The film opens in England in 1020, in the harsh villages of the mining communities, with a young boy who sees his mother die of the “side sickness” and who cannot be adopted as are his younger siblings because he’s too old. He runs after the travelling Barber who accepts him, especially in his performances, spruiking his wares and medicines. But the young man has a great desire to heal people, and hears of a famous physician in Persia, in the city of Isfahan, Ibn Sinna, and decides to travel there in the company of a caravan of Jewish migrants. He becomes a student in Isfahan were rich in his ruled by a self-indulgent Shah who (Olivier Martinez) experiences an uprising against him. Plenty of drama, plenty of action – and a romance where the young would-be physician encounters the attractive Rebecca who is betrothed to an elderly man but…

While the title says The Physician, there are three candidates for the role of physician. At first, it is the Barber, the rough and ready type travelling England, cutting people’s hair, advocating medicines, involved in some kinds of surgery. He is called The Barber and is played with the bumptious energy by Stellan Skarsgaard. The second candidate is the young man, played by British actor Tom Payne, who has a skill for healing, a desire for healing, who goes on his travels, becomes an apprentice, and eventually a master physician. The third candidate is Ibn Sinna himself, known in the Western world and in the history of philosophy as Avicenna. He is what is later called a “Renaissance man”, interested in medicine, anatomy, physiology, as well as the deeper philosophical questions. He is played with strong gravitas by Ben Kingsley.

The film is a celebration of knowledge and the acquiring of knowledge. It pays homage to the Muslim philosophers like Averroes and Avicenna who developed philosophical questioning as well as practical applications. One feature of this story is that the three major religions in Isfahan, Muslims, Jews and some Christians, feel that it is against their faith to conduct autopsies. The young student disobeys his master and investigates the inner workings of the human body – to the fascination of his master, and with a practical application for surgery when the Shah himself suffers from “side sickness”.

While the film has a great deal of spectacle, especially the troublesome travel through the desert and the huge desert storms, as well as some battle sequences at the end, the Seljuks rising against the Shah in Isfahan and doing battle (with some sequences in the Madrassa with an imam rousing students to a kind of fundamentalist faith and sense of revolt).

But, the film is mainly drama, the odyssey of the young man, Rob Cole from England who, to the shame of his faith, decides to pretend to be Jewish so that he can travel to Isfahan and study.

There is a very pleasing sequence where Cole returns to England and The Barber comes to the market place in London looking for his usual customers only to be told that there is a hospital, with personal care and a devoted physician. (When one looks at the history of hospitals in the 18th and 19th centuries in England, there seems to have been a great reversion from these breakthroughs in the Middle Ages.)


UK, 2015, 103 minutes, Colour.
Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, Jessie Plemons, Lee Pace, Guillaume Canet, Dustin Hoffman.
Directed by Stephen Frears.

One of the biggest sports scandals in recent years was the unmasking of cycling champion, Lance Armstrong, who had built up extraordinary popularity over many years, and his successive wins in the Tour de France. He was a very public personality, was well-known because of his bout with cancer, his overcoming it, and his foundation with his charitable outreach.

It seems quite early to have a feature film on the Lance Armstrong story and the exposé. This is true because Academy Award-winning documentary maker, Alex Gibney, jas already produced the very telling film, The Armstrong Lie, going into the visual archives of Armstrong’s early life, marriage and family, cancer and treatment, as well as in detail of training and the champion rides, success despite some of the journalists being wary of his abilities. Gibney’s film also treats the exposé, or the evidence against Armstrong and his team, against Doctor Ferrari who supplied medications, and the finale where Armstrong confessed publicly on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

So, why a feature film?

Audiences respond to a documentary, listening to and looking at the facts, looking at the images, the body language, Armstrong and his denials. But, in a fiction based on fact, there can be some exploration of the character, interactions, the effect of enquiry and criticism, and some insight into the compulsions which drive a celebrity into cheating and denials.

The Program has the advantage of being directed by British director, Stephen Frears, who, for over 40 years, has made a wide range of films, tackling many subjects, serious and comic, a vast amount of experience in storytelling. In recent years he was well known for directing the true-life story, Philomena, and the impressive but less-seen story of the boxer facing the Supreme Court of the US, Mohammed Ali’s Greatest Fight.

This film also has the advantage of having Ben Foster playing the central role. Foster has built up a career of playing many unpleasant characters, unsympathetic characters, villains. Because the general public does not necessarily know Ben Foster, the actor is able to incarnate Armstrong, young, ambitious, experiencing the cancer, even exploiting incidents during his hospital time, training, defying the critics who claim that he was good at one day races but not a long competitive race.

The film then takes us behind-the-scenes, Armstrong’s ambitions and his visits to and discussions with Doctor Ferrari, his collaboration with his coach, building up a team who would support him during the races, especially Floyd Landis who later spoke out against him. Foster is also able to convey the inner intensity, more dramatically than might be possible in a documentary, the obsessive wanting to win at all costs, the consequent ruthlessness.

The film was based on a book by Irish journalist, David Walsh, who was suspicious of Armstrong early in the piece but was scoffed at by fellow journalists and editors alike – who has some ironic enjoyment at the end when Armstrong has to pay back money to The Times which had received because of a court case. Walsh is played by the always engaging Chris O’Dowd.

There is a good supporting cast including Jesse Plemons as Floyd Landis and a cameo role for Dustin Hoffman as an adviser to an insurance company, also suspicious of Armstrong.

There are many sayings, even cliches, pride coming before a fall, how the mighty have fallen… And this film dramatically illustrates them.

  • ROOM

Canada/Ireland, 2015, 118 minutes, Colour.
Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, Tom McCamus, Sean Bridgers, Wendy Crewson, William H.Macy.
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson.

Room is quite an ambiguous title. Audiences may be expecting The Room or A Room. But, with the simplicity of Room, it may indicate some spaciousness, room to move, or it may indicate lack of room, confinement. In the first part of the film, we discover just how confining Room actually is. It is one room. There are no windows to look out of, only a skylight.

We have read, over the last several years, stories of women being abducted by predatory men, virtually imprisoned in their house, disappearing from their relatives and families, confined as playthings or sex slaves for the men. Some of the women have escaped and have told their sad stories. This is one of them.

Brie Larson plays Joy, a comparatively young woman who lives in this single room with her young son, Jack, turning 5. While they have television, Jack has no real idea of the outside world, it is a fantasy, one with the images from television and apprehended by a little boy. He knows nothing outside the room and himself is quite joyful and, as a goes to bed, he says good night to every aspect of his room, his home. Sometimes Old Nick, as they call him, turns up with some food, some presents like toys, and spends the night with Joy and then goes off again.

This is a difficult film to review without indicating some of the plot developments. Most audiences will know that, eventually, mother and son do come out of the room, quite a dramatic experience for both, a relief for the mother, quite some bewilderment of the boy.

Joy’s parents have not known where she has been. Her mother, Joan Allen, tries her best to help her daughter and her grandson. Her husband, Joy’s father, has left home and lives a long way away, presumably unable to face what has happened. He is played by William H. Macy, appearing only in a few scenes but a very telling and disturbing performance. At home, Joy’s mother’s new partner tries his best with the boy, making some breakthroughs.

Clearly, not everything will go as everyone wants, including the audience hopes for Joy and Jack, which makes the latter part of the film quite tense, Joy having to deal with the trauma and coming back to real life, Jack catching up on life with other people.

Brie Larson is excellent in the role. And the performance by the young actor, Jacob Tremblay, is quite astounding, so convincing he is. This is an Irish-Canadian coproduction which, inexplicably, is set in the United States. It is the work of the Irish director, Lenny Abrahamson, who has made some very striking films: some with comic touches, Adam and Paul, Garage, and some with more serious touches, What Richard Did, Frank. He has built up already a serious body of cinema work.


US, 2015, 128 minutes, Colour.
Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel Mc Adams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James, Stanley Tucci, Jamey Sheridan, Billy Crudup, Paul Guilfoyle, Len Cariou.
Directed by Thomas Mc Carthy.

[For a fuller commentary, see SIGNIS Statement, Spotlight.]

Spotlight is primarily a film about investigative journalism, the work of the Boston Globe in 2001. Memories of this kind of film go back to 1976 and the Watergate exposé in All the Presidents Men. At the same time as the release of Spotlight, there was a very powerful film on investigative journalism that is well worth seeing, Truth, about the NBC investigation of George W. Bush’s going into the National Guard to avoid service in Vietnam – showing the detail of investigation but also highlighting the need for consistent verification otherwise the investigation is not credible.

The Boston Globe’s investigation focused on sexual abuse, clergy and survivors. This means that it is a film of particular Catholic interest. Cardinal Sean O’ Malley, Archbishop of Boston and a member of the papal committee on sexual abuse, wrote a statement in October, acknowledging the realities of abuse in the church, acknowledging that the film treats an important subject. Again, see below.

There have been films on clerical sexual abuse since 1990, quite a number, documentaries and feature films. They have been serving as a contribution to an examination of conscience by the church, an acknowledgement of realities for victims and survivors, a critique of the behaviour of church authorities, the need for a recognition of sinfulness in the church. And, in their ways, they have contributed to a better, even wiser, understanding.

Reviews of Spotlight have been very favourable. The screenplay, co-written by Josh Singer and the director, Thomas Mc Carthy, is carefully and strongly written. Performances are quite powerful. The film keeps audience interest. The four journalists in the Spotlight investigative team are played by Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel Mc Adams, Brian d’Arcy James. At one stage it emerges that each of the four was Catholic educated but no longer practising, some “pissed off” at the church and one of them, after reading the documents, saying that he had hoped to return to the church, but now… There is of course, a sad emotional impact, audiences identifying with the journalists in their quest, disgust at the stories that are revealed, compassion for those who have suffered.

One of the difficulties about the film is its setting in 2001. Because the film is focused on Boston and the Spotlight team who undertake the investigation, the film gives an impression, a kind of American triumphalism, that it was the Boston Globe which was the first to do this kind of investigation. In many ways, the American church was slow off the mark in acting (admitted by the journalists in the film), while investigations were under way, led by Canada, and making progress in such countries as the UK, Ireland, Australia, in the first half of the 1990s. Investigations in European countries came later. A government enquiry in Ireland was to be inaugurated not so many years after the work of the Boston Globe. In Australia, the documents Towards Healing (and the Melbourne Response) were launched at the end of 1996.

It is interesting to note that there is little or no reference to the police and their enquiries into complaints about sexual abuse. There is no discussion of reporting to the police. Investigations preceded the Spotlight investigations because Father Geoghan was arrested the same month as the first article appeared in the Boston Globe.

Reference is made in the screenplay of Spotlight to material being sent to the paper as early as 1993 and then in 1996 but the paper did not follow through at the time. The Boston story, according to the film, went into action with the appointment of the new editor, Marty Baron, who had noticed a column about offender Father John Geoghan and suggested to his team that it needed following up, asking about knowledge by the hierarchy, including Cardinal Bernard Law, and an investigation that would expose any systematic faults, rather than an attack on individual church hierarchy.

There had been a film, Our Fathers, 2005, where there was a focus on Boston victims of abuse, their telling their stories, the work of lawyers, encounters of some of the victims with the perpetrators, and meetings with Cardinal Law who was played by Christopher Plummer. Spotlight has very few images of priests themselves, concentrating on interviews with the survivors with their harrowing stories. There is a brief prologue in 1976, complaints against Father Geoghan, the child, parents, and a reassuring priest helping the family, suggestions that information was given to the hierarchy but not followed on up, highlighting the transfer of offending priests from one parish to another.

In fact, the main priest in this film is Cardinal Law himself, receiving Marty Baron in his house, offering to collaborate with the media, Baron assuring him of the independence of the press, and the Cardinal giving him a gift of the Catholic Catechism. He is also related glimpsed as a Catholic Charities function. But, there is a great deal of talk about him, what he knew and what he didn’t know about abusive priests, the considerable number, his working in-house on cases, working with various lawyers for settlements and their keeping all this information confidential. The documents were sealed and it is only when the Boston Globe intervenes that a judge allows them to be released. A letter written by one of the auxiliary bishops of Boston years earlier, maintaining secrecy and confidentiality, becomes part of the screenplay.

There is one priest in the film, Father Richard Paquin, who lives with his sister in retirement, interviewed by a journalist – who admits to her the truth of his experience with the boys but emphasises several times that he got no gratification from the experiences. One of the journalists discovers to his horror that his house is not very far from one of the houses designated for treatment of priests. At the end he is seen delivering a big number of papers with the article at this house.

As has been mentioned, more vivid pictures of the priests emerge from the interviews with the survivors, with the head of the organisation, SNAP (Survivor’s Network of those Abused by Priests), Paul Saviano who had sent material to the paper in 1996 and felt frustrated at their lack of action. Listening to his description of his own experiences, his age, the grooming, the process of trust, leading to the physical, sexual and psychological abuse, makes the point very strongly. An interview with an awkward man, groomed by Father Shanley who was later arrested, highlights once again grooming, the use of pornography, nudity and sexual gratification for a young boy who is discovering his homosexual orientation. A third man, Patrick, explains the process of the priest singling him out, the affirmation felt, and then the touch and his freezing, and the abuse. The drug scars in his arm are quite evident.

The sequences of interviews are possibly stronger in their impact, the audience listening to the words and seeing the body language of the survivors, than if there were visuals of the abuse.

The work of the investigative team is meticulous, painstakingly followed through over a very long period, checking sources, persuading interviewees to speak and be recorded, checking clips from the vast archives of Globe, trolleys and folders of them, searching in the Catholic Directories of these years and discovering so many priests listed as sick or absent or on leave. The journalists were able to make a list of 87 clergy through this method of discovery. (In 2011, Cardinal O’Malley? made public the release of a list of offending clergy in Boston, their names, 159 of them.) Emotionally, the audience is invited to identify with the journalists. The targets of their research tend to be seen as villains, especially when the verification is clinched, the ‘Gotcha’ moments.

In the film, there are many sequences where the journalists make contact with lawyers handling victims cases, knowing that there was a great deal of confidentiality, but continually checking with them as more information became available. It is one of the Catholic lawyers who had been defending the Church’s silence who is finally overwhelmed by what has been uncovered and, emotionally reluctant, does indicate the truth about the list of abusive priests.

One of the experts over many decades is the former priest, Richard Sipe, who has written extensively on these issues. His book becomes one of the sources for information and for the journalists to try to understand the mentality of the abusers, issues of infantile sexuality, sexual orientation, issues of clerical celibacy. He becomes a character in the film, voiced by actor Richard Jenkins, in a number of phone interviews.

Cardinal Law was transferred to Rome at the end of 2002. The film also lists a number of places and countries where abuse has taken place. In 2002, the American Catholic Bishops Conference affirmed a policy of zero tolerance in abuse cases.


US, 2015, 135 minutes, Colour.
Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domnhall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Max von Sydow, Peter Mayhew, Simon Pegg, Harriet Walter, Warwick Davis.
Directed by J.J.Abrams.

A review is the least necessary reference for filmgoers – but rather, something to check after audiences see the film.

For those familiar with the films, especially the first trilogy and its opening, there is a frisson of emotion and delight as we see the familiar words about long ago in a faraway galaxy and the introduction to this film makes its climb from bottom screen upwards towards outer space and John Williams’or familiar score begins its rousing cords and melody.

Most fans were not great enthusiasts for the second trilogy and most have been reassured that the series is back on track. Since there are a great many parallels to Episode IV, there is the comfort of familiarity and memory making connections – although some diehards have been dissatisfied and or upset that there are too many similarities.

We are introduced to a character, a pilot, somewhat in the vein of Han Solo, Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac). We find him in deep discussion with a wise elder, Max von Sydow channelling the style of Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi, and we learn that Luke Skywalker has disappeared. This time there is a new droid, B-88 (though, rest assured that later in the film we will find 3-CPIO and R2-D2). But, no sooner than we are wondering about battles, the Storm troopers invade, massacring inhabitants, capturing Poe Dameron but not his droid. One of the storm troopers is upset at the killing, takes off his helmet, has no wish to be part of this killing, and helps free and then takes off with Poe Dameron and the droid who has the information as to Luke’s whereabouts.

One of the things about this film is that its hero, Finn (John Boyega) and the more than feisty heroine, Rey (Daisy Ridley who is just right) are ordinary citizens, not the royalty of Luke and Leia (though some wonder). No mention is made of it, anti-racism without comment, but Finn is black (the British actor using an American accent).

On the scavenger planet, where Poe and Finn crash land, Finn survives and it is there that he comes across Rey who has recovered the Droid. Well that leads to all kinds of adventures, especially an escape in an old starship which is captured by a bigger starship managed by – yes, Han Solo and Chewbacca. Harrison Ford is in good form as Han Solo (and a distraction indicates that, even though he is moving towards his mid-70s, there still could be an Indiana Jones adventure for him). Fans of Chewbacca will be glad of the considerable attention given to him.

The enemy is not exactly the Evil Empire, but The First Order, overseen by an evil Supreme Leader (Andy Seriks) who relies on General Hux (Domnhall Gleeson) and his military command as well as his disciple,Kilo Ren ((Adam Driver).

We are rather glad when, eventually, we find that Poe Dameron is not dead, that Princess Leia is now a general (and a substantial role for Carrie Fisher 30 years on). But, where is Luke, and how to get the final information as to his whereabouts in the galaxy?

This leads to a visit to a canteen, reminiscent of those in the old films with their bizarre characters, but this time the female equivalent of Yoda, Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave). While Finn is the hero, it is Rey was given the laser sword and is meant to reawaken the force within her. So, there are some good adventures as they go to another planet where a vast weapon, absorbing energy from the sun, is being refuelled to destroy the Resistance.

There are fights, a shock to the system and audience sensibilities it if they have not heard about the twist, and a laser sword fight, once again, Rey versus the inheritor of Darth Vadern’s heritage and the Dark side, Kilo Ren.

Obviously, there must be a new trilogy – and the final sequence, Rey searching for Luke and a glimpse of Luke means that we can look forward to the next film which is already in production, in mid-2017.


UK, 2015, 106 minutes,Colour.
Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne-Marie Duff, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Wishaw, Geoff Bell, Natalie Press, Samuel West, Finbar Lynch, Meryl Streep.
Directed by Sarah Gavron.

One of the surprises of Suffragette is the listing before the final credits of the dates when and where women received the vote, significantly New Zealand in 1893, Australia in 1902, with Mrs Pankhurst and her suffragette movement in the second decade of the 20th century – and then information about Britain in 1928, France in 1944 and, very surprisingly, Switzerland and the vote for women as late as 1971.

This film is very much a women’s film, a female director, Sarah Gavron(Brick Lane), writer Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady) and a strong female cast led by Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne-Marie Duff, with a strong cameo by Meryl Streep as Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst. There are some interesting performances by men as well, Brendan Gleeson as the chief of police, suspicious of the women, upholding the law, with Ben Whishaw as Carey Mulligan’s husband proving to be chauvinist in his attitudes towards his wife, and Geoff Bell as the unscrupulous manager of the Bethnal Green laundry.

The film focuses on a small group of women, symbolising the whole suffragette movement. At its centre is Maud Watts, Carey Mulligan, a young woman who has worked in the laundry since she was a child, seeing her mother die at work, now married, her husband also working in the laundry, and with a young son, living in a working class street in East London. She encounters a member of the movement, Violet, Anne-Marie Duff, strong but frail, whom Maud helps, especially gaining a job for her daughter who is sexually harassed by the manager of the laundry. When her son is ill, she goes to the local pharmacist, Edith, Helena Bonham Carter, whose father prevented her from becoming a doctor but who are still skilled at helping people. Both women are heavily involved in the suffragette movement, Edith having gone to prison several times (but supported strongly by her husband).

Through unforeseen circumstances, Maud finds herself delivering a speech in the House of Commons, members of parliament led by Lloyd George listening to the experiences of women. The audience listens attentively, as do the parliamentarians, when Maude outlines the hard life that she has led, the hard work, the family struggle, the lower pay…

As Maude becomes more involved with the suffragettes, she is present at a rousing speech given by Mrs Pankhurst, is impressed, becomes committed, cannot agree with her husband and finds that she is ousted from her own home, having to live in an old church. One of the most moving and emotional scenes concerns Sonny deciding that they should give up their son for adoption.

The suffragette movement was quite vigorous, not just with protests (with police exercising brutality to put the women down, arresting them, imprisoning them) but with acts of sabotage, ranging from throwing stones in shop windows in Regent Street to a demonstration that leads to a fatality at the race track in the presence of King George V.

With such commitment and energy, audiences may be expecting the film to show that the suffragettes won their voting rights and other rights immediately – but this is not the case, many years before success.

The film is rousing, focuses on a small group who represent the whole movement. And, of course, it reminds us of causes and protests in the present – and our wondering how they will be represented in 100 years time.


Italy/UK, 2015, 124 minutes, Colour.
Michael Caine, Hartley Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda, Alexander McQueen, Paloma Faith, Ed Stoppard.
Directed by Paolo Sorrentino.

Youth won an award for the European film of the year and Michael Caine as best actor and life achievement.

In seeing that Michael Caine is the star of the film and is supported by Hartley Keitel, prospective audiences might be wondering about the title, the blunt statement of youth. As might be expected, Youth does not feature so explicitly but, rather, youth is a time in memory, in nostalgia, in happiness, in regrets.

This is a film by Italian director Paolo Sorrentino who made a breakthrough in Italian Cinema at the beginning of the century, then developed an international reputation, especially with Il Divo, portrait of the Italian politician,. He then made a film in English, This is The Place, with Sean Penn and Frances McDormand, an interesting if sometimes bizarre portrait of a rock singer searching for his family and background in the United States. Then he won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film in 2012 for The Great Beauty. This was quite an extraordinary film about an ageing Italian, Italian society, a background of decadence, of affluence, of ecclesiastical patronage, something of a narrative, something of an essay, something of a poeml on about Italian life. Many noticed reminiscences of the work of Federico Fellini, especially seeing this film as an update, so to speak, of La Dolce Vita.

The influence of Fellini comes to mind also with Youth. This time it is with Fellini’s 8 ½, the story of an artist in a resort, reflecting on his life, his relationships – amid some of Fellini-like grotesques at a resort with its baths.

This time the resort is in the mountains of Switzerland, beautiful locations, a haven for affluent customers, hotel luxury rooms, dining, constant masseuses according to a health program, the baths, walks in the countryside. There is a wide range of clients, ordinary people, a Hollywood star, a large sports celebrity, Miss Universe…

The main focus is on Fred, Michael Caine, a retired composer and conductor, there for his health. He is pursued by an emissary from Queen Elizabeth with the request that he come to conduct a performance of his Simple Songs for herself and the Duke of Edinburgh and to have him to receive a knighthood. He is strongly against the idea, the songs only for himself and for his wife, who sang them. Also with him is his assistant, his daughter Lena, Rachel Weisz, who works with her father but has bad memories of his neglect in her childhood, the treatment of her mother, and she has several scenes where she upbraids him. At this time, she is being dumped by her husband for a younger woman, a pop star, Paloma Faith. Her husband is the son of Fred’s best friend, Michael, Harvey Keitel, who is also at the resort, this time with some ambitions, his final film and discussions with his collaborative team of five, a film that would be his life’s testament. Fred is over 80, Michael almost 80.

Also at the resort is a Hollywood star, Jimmy, played by Paul Dano, relaxing and having treatment as he thinks over his interpretation of his next film role. As with the audience, he is an observer of what goes on at the resort and of the characters.

There is a lot of talk, a lot of walking, a lot of reminiscing, Fred thinking about a girl who he was in love with and Michael’s behaviour with her, as well as reflection on his wife and her descent into dementia.

And as if this was not enough old people reflecting on youth, suddenly Jane Fonda appears in a show-stopping performance as a ravaged ageing actress who starred in Michael’s films, won awards, but has become disillusioned with him, thinks his recent films rubbish, refuses to act in his current film, is going into television and moves into a tirade against him and his pretensions. This is quite a performance with quite a lot to say about movie stars, careers and age.

There is a salvation moment for Fred, a repeat of the invitation from the Queen – and some kind of peace for Fred, his daughter, the memory of his wife, his music.

Some people have described some of Sorrentino’s films as cinema poems – but another reviewer, taking a cue from the music theme, suggests that we might consider them, and Youth, as cinema symphonies.


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